Mr. Tanes Petsuwan, Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications, Tourism Authority of Thailand, delivered the following speech at the Opening Reception of TAT Toronto Office on Monday, 23 April, 2018, 18.30-21.30 Hrs.
Good evening and sawasdee khrap,
Your Excellency, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand in Canada,
Chairman of the TAT Board of Directors,
Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand,
Distinguished guests, members of the media, friends from the tourism industry, ladies and gentlemen.
It is my pleasure to be with all of you here. Thank you for being with us tonight.
It is the approximate distance between Canada and Thailand. Very far, indeed, but distance is not a matter. Despite the distance, we have seen a great number of Canadian visitors travelling to our country, and this keeps growing. This is the reason why we are all here tonight to thank you all for supporting us and shortening that distance, especially when we have now opened our office here.
Thailand Tourism Situation in 2017-2018
In 2017, Thailand welcomed 35 million visitors generating a total income of 69.6 billion Canadian Dollars, which represented a growth of eight percent in revenue. It is a tribute to the diversity of our tourism offerings and Thai local experiences.
During 2018, TAT will continue to promote sustainable development with the community as the best practice. We believe this will pave the way for Thailand to be a preferred destination and “Quality Leisure Destination” to international visitors.
At the end of this year, we aim to see the total revenue rise by eight percent over last year.
Canada Market Situation
Although Thailand is a long-haul destination for Canadians, we have seen a positive sign from this market. From 2013-2017, the amount of revenue has expanded by six percent on average in five years.
In 2017, over 258,000 Canadian travellers contributed to the income of 845.9…