: Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is planning to promote newer regions such as Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Khao Yai along with attractions from the South such as Tarang, Surat Thani and Koh Samui as part of the its strategy for tourism promotion in 2013, Phanom Kaributra, Executive Director of ASEAN, South Asia and South Pacific Region Department of TAT said on Wednesday.

Inflow of tourists

Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a tourism promotion road show, Mr. Kaributra said that in 2011, Thailand received 9.16 lakh Indian tourists registering a growth of 20.57 per cent over the previous year and during the previous year as on November 2012, the total inflow of tourists from India was 9.24 lakh which was an increase of 10.37 per cent.


Through road shows, TAT is planning to increase awareness and educate the Indian traveller on Thailand’s existing and new tourism products. It will focus on the different facets that Thailand has to offer such as adventure, culture, wedding and honeymoon.

He added that 2012 was a fruitful year for Thailand as the tourist arrival was expected to cross one million.

Sethaphan Buddhani, Director of TAT – Mumbai office said that TAT was happy to see the increase in tourist arrivals from India and TAT expects to up the numbers by reaching out to new potential markets in Coimbatore.