Mohamed Ali Sharafuddin
Faculty of Business Administration, St. Theresa International College, Thailand
TYPES OF TOURISM IN THAILAND
Tourism is one of the largest industries in Thailand. The World Travel and Tourism Council (2014) calculated that tourism generated THB 2,401.1 bn in 2013 (20.2% of GDP) and is expected to grow by 0.1% to THB2,404.4bn (19.6% of GDP) in 2014. By 2024, Travel & Tourism is forecast to support 8,739,000 jobs (20.5% of total employment), an increase of 4.4% pa over the period. This gives Thailand rank eight among the countries with the highest growth rate for overall employment in both direct and overall contribution. Against this backdrop, this commentary discusses the different types of tourism emerging in Thailand.
Keywords: Thailand, Tourism, Adventure Tourism, Eco-tourism, Medical Tourism, Cultural tourism, Wellness tourism, Leisure Tourism, Business Tourism, Cruise Tourism, Sports Tourism, Educational Tourism
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