Published on : Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Thailand’s record-breaking visitor arrivals in 2013 helped it move into the list of the world’s top 10 tourism destinations in terms of both visitor numbers and visitor expenditure, according to a report by the Madrid-based UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).
The UNWTO has recently released the Tourism Report 2014, which is an overall assessment of international tourism in 2013.
The report states, “Thailand moved up two positions in the ranking by international receipts to 7th, while it entered the top 10 by arrivals in 10th position, in a bumper 2013 when international arrivals were up by 19% to 27 million and receipts by 23% to US$ 42 billion.”
It is the first time that Thailand entered the top 10 list in terms of arrivals. Thailand was ranked No. 11 in 2012, when the number of tourists totalled 22.4 million.
The UNWTO referred to this climb of five positions as an “amazing” development.