Ten days into November, the beginning of high season, and the Tourism Authority of Thailand is showing signs of failure – again.
Even though this is high season, the Tourism Authority of Thailand has been promoting their millionth customer every couple weeks or so, at this point of the season, the millionth customer should arrive every 5 days or so – not longer than back in September when the Erawan bombing happened.
Thailand’s ruling junta wants you to believe that the Thai economy is great, exports are just fine, GDP is booming, and tourism that the Tourism Authority of Thailand keeps saying is moving up, up, up is going to smash all previous records. Don’t believe it.
Today I saw that the National News Bureau of Thailand, the Thai Government’s propaganda machine, claimed that there would be 160,000 passengers per day during high season. What they don’t say is that half of those are departing and half are arriving. And, that about 40% are real tourists – so about 32,000 per day are real foreign tourists.
I also saw today that the Tourism Authority of Thailand paraded some “stars” from Hong Kong to the Erawan Shrine blast site to make merit when it was to try to convince Hong Kong tourists to visit Bangkok. The Tourism Authority of Thailand did the same thing last month so it must have failed miserably if they are doing it again.
I have already written that the Tourism Authority of Thailand has given up on marketing to foreigners and is focused only on domestic travel this year and next.
Lastly, the former Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand is pleading innocent in a case where she is guilty as sin. I am surprised she is still in Thailand and guess she will flee when the verdict is handed down.
Next month you will hear from the Tourism Authority of Thailand that 30 million foreign tourists arrived in the Land of Smiles – don’t believe it.
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