Pictures of Songkran 2012] The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT)
estimates that over 140,000 international visitors and 1.26
million Thais enjoyed the major events that made up the Songkran
Splendours festival in 13 provinces including Ayutthaya; Bangkok;
Chiang Mai; Chon Buri; Songkhla, the province in which Hat Yai is
located; Khon Kaen; Nakhon Phanom; Nakhon Si Thammarat; Nong Khai;
Phuket; Samut Prakarn; Sukhothai; and Suphanburi.
Estimated tourism revenue generated in
these provinces during the Songkran Splendours festival was around
4,572 million Baht.
During the first half of April 2012, when
inbound tourism traffic builds up for the Songkran celebration,
Suvarnabhumi Airport welcomed more than 611,400 international
arrivals, up 12.23% from the same period in 2011. Other
international airports across Thailand also saw an increase in
international arrivals. Phuket Airport welcomed more than 99,500
international arrivals during 1 to 16 April, up 16.82% compared to
the same period last year.
“Thailand’s world-renowned Songkran festival is
an annual highlight for visitors, with joyful celebrations and
heartwarming traditions. The famous Thai sense of ‘sanuk,’ which
means fun, was demonstrated by the warm welcome extended to the
many foreign visitors who joined in the water-splashing
festivities throughout the country. There were also plenty of them
enjoying the many cultural and entertainment activities at every
place where the Songkran Splendours festival took place. This
reflects the continued confidence in Thailand as a safe, friendly,
and enjoyable tourist destination,” said Mr Suraphon Svetrasreni,
Governor of the TAT.
The TAT anticipates that the momentum in tourist
arrival numbers will continue for the remainder of April, which is
Songkran, or Thai New Year, month. During the period of 12 to 29
April, 2012, the TAT expects as many as 6.34 million people,
including Thais, expatriates, to contribute a total of 53,200
million Baht in revenue to Thailand’s tourism sector as they
travel across Thailand during this period.
Pictures of Songkran 2012
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