How did the Tourism Council of Thailand come up with such a rosy forecast? They are relying on a report from a local university:
However, the latest tourism confidence index from Chulalongkorn University shows that business has climbed back to a normal level thanks to the vibrant travelling environment during the New Year period.
There was NO vibrant travelling environment during the New Year. The only thing there was a bunch of accidents and road deaths. I am sure that Chula only looked at domestic travel too.
“China and European markets including Russia are key factors for growth this year. If arrivals from these countries plunge, tour operators and hotels will be in bad shape,” Ittirit said.
Bad shape it will be then.
Now, here is where there are problems. See, the Tourism Council of Thailand has the following road map for 2015:
At the same time, the Minister of Tourism and Sports is pursuing the following:
And, the Tourism Authority of Thailand under the Discover Thainess 2015 is promoting the following seven:
Doesn’t look like anyone spoke to anyone else in preparing for the 2015 Thai Tourism season.
So, the Tourism Council of Thailand will continue to put out “news” that 2015 will be unpredictable and continue to make their silly predictions.
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