Economic impact of tourism
Thailand is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. It is known for its beautiful beaches and nature, the hospitality of the people, and its rich historical sites. Unsurprisingly, the tourism industry is a major contributor to the country’s economy. In 2021, the tourism industry directly contributed only 0.84 percent to the gross domestic product (GDP) in Thailand, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and strict travel restrictions. Tourism is also one of Thailand’s largest sector of employment, and it ranked seventh in terms of having the highest number of people employed in the tourism industry worldwide in 2022.
Domestic tourism amidst Covid-19 pandemic
After the COVID-19 pandemic, international arrivals in Thailand are permitted again. Therefore, the Tourism Authority of Thailand encouraged millions of international, as well as domestic travelers, to travel in Thailand. Among other regions in Thailand, Bangkok and the central region generated the highest revenue from local visitors, with the northern region coming in third.