In the near future Thailand intends to abandon mass tourism. This was stated at a seminar in Bangkok by the head of the Thai Tourism Authority (TAT) Yutthasak Suphason.
The number of visitors for at least several years is planned to be limited to 8 million. Previously, the kingdom was visited by 40 million tourists. According to Suphasson, this is done so that tourists no longer see Thailand as an unsafe sexual destination.
“We will provide tourists with safety, hygiene, environmental sustainability and additional opportunities by focusing on income from tourism,” the TAT chief promised.
In 2019, the average income from one tourist reached 47,000 Thai baht ($1,500), which is 100 dollars less than before. The Tourism Authority aims to raise this figure to 62,000 baht (1990 dollars) over the next two years.