Thailand is a thriving tourism economy with high dependence on Travel & Tourism income. According to the World Travel and Tourism Council’s (WTTC’s) data, Travel & Tourism contributed THB2.8 trillion (US$81.6 billion) in 2015, which is nearly 21% of GDP, and the sector supported 6 million jobs which is 5% of the country’s employment.
Addressing the recent crisis in Thailand, the WTTC issued this statement strongly condemning the attacks that took place in Thailand on August 11 and 12, 2016.
David Scowsill, President & CEO, WTTC, said: “We would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the victims, their friends and families.
“Having spoken with Mrs. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul Minister of Tourism and Sport from Thailand about the security steps being taken from the government, we are confident that the situation will stabilize and return to normal very quickly, as it has done after challenges in the past.
“Despite the bomb attack at the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok in August 2015, Thailand’s visitors grew by 20% last year to 30 million travelers and the money they spent grew by 25% over the same period. The country will continue to be a key tourism destination for travelers.
“It is important to remember that tourism is a force for good: it brings people from different cultures and backgrounds together, something that Thailand as a destination manifests beautifully.
“We are looking forward to supporting Thailand on September 27 at the official World Tourism Day celebrations, and to holding the prestigious WTTC Global Summit in Bangkok in April 2017.”