(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Thailand has achieved record-breaking visitor arrivals, crossing the 22 million mark for the first time in 2012.
Figures tabulated by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports for January-December 2012 show total arrivals by nationality of 22,303,065, up 15.98 per cent over 2011.
Commenting on the performance, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Governor Suraphon Svetasreni, said: "We are overjoyed to have achieved this result in the year the people of Thailand commemorated the 85th birthday of His Majesty the King.
It is also a tribute to the cooperation and creativity of the entire Thai travel and tourism industry for the huge effort that has been made to ensure that travel and tourism remains a leading industry for job creation, distribution of income nationwide and contribution to culture, heritage and environmental preservation."
The governor said that the primary contributor to this result was the prevalence of global, regional and local peace and stability.