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India still on track to cross one million visitor arrivals to Thailand

An Indian tourist in Thailand

An Indian tourist in Thailand

Indian arrivals to Thailand are set to cross the one million mark again this year, despite political demonstrations here.

In the first 11 months of 2013, Indian visitors to Thailand totalled 958,921, up 4.07 per cent over the same period of 2012, according to Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) .

"Despite what travellers may have recently read or heard in some of the international media, they can be confident that Thailand is still a welcoming tourist destination," said Runjuan Tongrut, director of the TAT New Delhi Office.

She is confident that the arrivals will cross the 1,015,865 figure achieved in 2012.

"Indian travellers are used to political demonstrations that come with living in a vibrant democracy. They are also smart and savvy users of social media and are well informed about the reality on the ground. "By and large, Indian visitors are maintaining their travel plans, especially those heading for festive season celebrations in Phuket, Pattaya, Hua Hin, Ko Samui, and Chiang Mai."

Numerous Indian weddings are due to be held in Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket, Hua Hin, Krabi, Koh Samui, Khao Lak, Rayong, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai between December 2013 -June 2014.

In a major vote of confidence for Thailand, a conventioncumincentive of 600 dealers and salespersons from Amway India proceeded normally between December 4-6, 2013, with no interruptions or disruptions.

"Any traveller considering a visit to Thailand does not need to worry, as tourists have not been targeted in the political protests", Runjuan said. December is one of the most exciting months for tourists in Thailand with many exciting events and shopping extravaganzas taking place nationwide.

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