(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Thailand witnessed a seven per cent increase in tourists from Oman in 2013, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Dubai and Middle East.
This was revealed at a roadshow hosted by TAT at Crowne Plaza Muscat on Thursday as part of its efforts to promote new destinations such as Krabi and Hua Hin and to increase the number of tourists from the region. The event was attended by Tanes Petsuwan, executive director, TAT “ Europe, Africa and Middle East region.
Chalermsak Suranant, director, TAT Dubai and Middle East office, said, ''UAE is at the top spot, with 160,000 tourists visiting Thailand last year.
''The number of tourists from Oman was 75,000.''
Speaking on the sidelines of the roadshow, Suranant said that Thailand's medical tourism industry is witnessing a boom. ''Most visitors from GCC are interested in medical tourism.
''Nowadays, a lot of people are going to Thailand for health-related reasons, and they are happy with the prices and quality of treatments offered.''
Talking about the most preferred destinations in Thailand, Suranant said that Bangkok and Pattaya are the favourite destinations for families, while Phuket and Hua Hin are preferred by couples.
TAT is planning to improve relations between the two countries by organising an agro-tourism expo in the sultana