There was huge increase in the number of visitors from Qatar to Thailand last year, according to a Thai tourism official.
Chalermsak Suranant, Tourism Authority of Thailand, Director for the Dubai & Middle East Office, said 37,718 tourists from Qatar visited Thailand last year registering a 36 percent increase compared the previous year.
Suranant was speaking on the sidelines of an upcoming Middle East roadshow to promote Thai tourism to Qatar and Kuwait.
“We are looking forward to meeting with our travel partners in Kuwait and Qatar. The GCC is an important market for Thailand and over the years the visitor numbers have steadily improved. In 2012, Thailand received 69,223 visitors from Kuwait which is 15 percent increase compare to 2011 and 37,718 tourist from Qatar which is 36 percent increase compare to 2011,” he said.
Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Dubai & Middle East office is hosting pre-ATM (Arabian Travel Market) roadshows to Kuwait and Qatar to help boost visitor numbers from the region. The Thai tourism delegation will be coming over to Doha for the roadshow at the Oryx Rotana hotel on Thursday.
With an average flying time of just seven hours from the Middle East, Thailand remains a popular tourist destination for visitors from the region, offering a diverse range of leisure attractions including shopping, sunbathing, gourmet dining and entertainments.
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