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Thailand Banking on Mideast Travelers

Thailand Banking on Mideast TravelersThailand Banking on Mideast Travelers

The Tourism Authority of Thailand has pushed to expand foreign tourist arrivals from Iran and Oman, following a recent government delegation to the Middle Eastern countries. Yuthasak Supasorn, head of TAT, said the Middle East is considered a “high-end market,” adding that the average Middle Eastern tourist spends 6,500 baht ($182) per day on a trip to Thailand, beating out European tourists who spend an average of 5,500 baht ($154) per day, according to state-run news agency NNT. The official added that Thailand’s healthcare and hospitals have also “gained the trust of Middle Eastern tourists.” On an official weekend trip led by Thai Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak and six ministers, several agreements were brokered with the Omani government on providing healthcare to public officials in Thailand and packages for medical tourism. On Monday, similar healthcare deals were struck in Iran, where the TAT will also work in collaboration with Mahan Air to schedule new flights.