BANGKOK, March 7 (The Nation Thailand/ANN): The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is targeting revenue of Bt1.218 trillion in 2021 for the tourism sector with strategies focusing mainly on domestic tourism.
In an interview to Thansettakij Thai newspaper, TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn said that his organisation planned to focus less on revenue from foreign travellers, and more on domestic tourists.
TAT estimates 6.5 million foreign travellers in 2021, generating around Bt347 billion in revenue.
Meanwhile, 160 million tourists in Thailand are expected to generate around Bt870.4 billion.
He added that Thailand’s tourism would see a V-shaped recovery from the present situation.
The TAT will kick off campaigns to woo foreign tourists in April. The governor expected at least 15,000 foreigners to visit Thailand in the third quarter of this year.
Initially, the TAT had targeted 100 million persons/times domestic tourists. However, to achieve its revenue target the organisation aimed to increase tourists by 50 to 60 million/times.
The main tactic to stimulate domestic tourism is to encourage travel on working days. The TAT is holding discussions to run stimulus campaigns linked to local holidays of each region.
Meanwhile, Thailand on Sunday confirmed 65 new cases of coronavirus infection, mostly domestic, according to a report of the Center for the Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).
Of Sunday's new cases, 60 were domestic infections while five others referred to imported cases, the report said.
The domestic cases included 47 in Samut Sakhon, five in Tak and two in Bangkok, among other provinces, the report said.
Thailand has so far confirmed 26,370 cases of infection, 23,532 of which were reported as domestic while 2,838 others referred to those who had returned from abroad.
So far, 25,744 patients have fully recovered and been released from hospitals while 541 others are currently hospitalized and 85 fatalities have been reported.
According to Worldometer, as of 10am on Sunday, the number of confirmed cases globally had risen to 117.07 million (up by 405,509), 92.65 million have recovered, 21.82 million are active cases (89,309 in severe condition) and 2.59 million have died (up by 128).
Thailand ranks 115th on the global list of most cases, which is topped by the US with 29.65 million, followed by India 11.21 million, Brazil 10.93 million, Russia 4.31 million and the United Kingdom 4.21 million. - The Nation Thailand/ANN