Thailand has drastically adjusted its domestic tourism numbers, releasing revised statistics and projections. New data released by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) shows domestic tourism in Thailand hit 101 million trips in 2010 and generated revenue of THB402 billion (US$13 billion). The revised statistics differ substantially from records released previously which showed 90 million domestic trips taken last year and revenues of THB430 billion for the year. TAT has subsequently lifted its 2011 projection to 104 million trips this year and 107 million.TAT governor Suraphon Svetasreni explained that the revision was made to reflect “the actual situation”. Speaking to the Bangkok Post, he said; “Domestic tourism normally grows by 2-3% annually, in line with population growth and the number of holidays, while revenue calculations take into account the economic situation.” Political unrest and economic uncertainty in 2010 impacted the number of trips made and tourist expenditure. Due to the disturbances and increased number of government holidays, more trips were taken but spending was prudent.
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