Minister Of Tourism And Sports Imaginary Numbers
Posted by on Feb 17, 2015 in TAT, Thailand

Thailand’s Minister of Tourism and Sports is already shouting out the news that foreign tourist arrivals are up for the first half of February by 18% compared to February 2014.

I don’t know how the Minister of Tourism and Sports knows this already since the Department of Tourism has yet to post the foreign tourist arrival figures for January.

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand and the Minister of Tourism and Sports can’t help but have more foreign tourist arrivals this year than last since last year tourism was down 30%. All that an increase means is that the decrease is not as bad as 2014.

As of today, 17 February 2015, the Department of Tourism has yet to post January’s foreign tourist arrival numbers so how the heck did the Minister of Tourism and Sports find out how many foreigners arrived in the first half of February?

One thing you can always count on from the Minister of Tourism and Sports and/or the Tourism Authority of Thailand is that if they are using numbers, they are not telling the truth. You can also count on them just posting numbers and not knowing or remembering what was said last week. Right hand doesn’t know what the left is doing.

In today’s article the Minister of Tourism and Sports says:

“During the Chinese New Year, more than 300,000 Chinese are expected to visit Thailand, growth of 49 per cent [year on year]. They are expected to spend Bt6.9 billion, or an increase of 5 per cent,” said Kobkarn, adding that Chinese tourists would spend on average Bt22,600 per person per trip.

Yet, the Tourism Authority of Thailand said this a week-and-a-half ago:

The Tourism Authority of Thailand is counting on 530,000 Chinese visitors bringing in Bt22.9 billion into the local economy during Chinese New Year.

During the 10-day-long celebration, Chinese arrivals would surge by 47 per cent to 530,000 and revenue from them by 49 per cent to Bt22.9 billion.

Spending per person per trip is expected to rise by 6 per cent to Bt22,600.

One says 300K Chinese arrivals spending 6.9 Billion baht and the other says 530K spending 22.9 Billion Baht. Whom to believe? Neither. The Tourism Authority of Thailand is also mathematically challenged and needs to learn how to multiply since 530,000 times 22,600 equals 11,978,000,000 or about 1/2 of what you claim.

Both the Minister of Tourism and Sports and the Tourism Authority of Thailand consider us minions who have no memories but should be learning that they can’t lie, cheat and steal anymore.

 Perhaps the Minister of Tourism and Sports would be better off fixing shit instead of worrying about numbers and the ridiculous Discover Thainess 2015 campaign.

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