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Thailand tourist board receives government boost

Visitors to the Land of Smiles this summer may have noticed that there has been a decline in the number of tourists. While this may mean that tourists have more room to soak up the sun on the beach, travel agencies are working hard to tempt people back to Thailand.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is targeting a number of destinations such as Pattaya and focusing on encouraging both Thai and foreign tourists back to key areas. This is being done in a number of ways such as with special festivals and concerts.

Tosaporn Thepbutr is the deputy-chairman of the Committee on Tourism and Sports. He voiced his concerns this week over the low tourist figures. However, he did admit that these figures are reflected elsewhere in Asia and the world over.

The Pattaya Daily News quoted Mr Tosaporn as saying: “The causes of the sharp drop in tourist arrivals are attributed to the closure of Suvarnabhumi Airport by the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) in November and December, and recent domestic political turmoil, combined with the current outbreak of the H1N1 flu.”

This is a great time to visit Thailand as there are plenty of deals on hotels, flights and transport to take advantage of.

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