Thailand cuts 2017 tourism forecast to 33-34 million visitors

  • Thursday 12, October 2017 in 10:51 AM
  • Tourists visit the Grand Palace in Bangkok
Sharjah 24 – Reuters: Thailand's tourism minister on Thursday said the country expects 33 to 34 million visitors this year, down from an earlier ministry forecast of 35 million.

"Right now Thailand has welcomed 27 million already this year so I think for the whole year we should get 33 to 34 million," tourism minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul told reporters. She did not give a reason for the downwardly-revised forecast.

Thailand is heavily dependent on its tourism industry which accounts for around 12 percent of the economy.

Thailand has seen at least two coups over the past decade and several natural disasters, including nationwide floods in 2011 which crippled industry, but those events have failed to dent travelers' enthusiasm for the Southeast Asian country.