Title

An analysis of international tourism development in Thailand: 1994-2007

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-1-2009

Department

Parks, Recreation, & Hospitality Administration

Abstract

Tourism serves as a means for Thailand to receive foreign currency, increase international reserves, stimulate production and maximize the use of resources from other related sectors, which in turn enhance the country's economic status. The importance of tourism is inspiring Thailand to strive to become a major international tourist destination in Southeast Asia and the world. The continued success of international tourism and the future direction of tourism development in Thailand can be enhanced through a historical analysis of the tourism industry and a critical and thorough SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis. This paper provides a historical overview of international tourism development in Thailand from 1994 to 2007, assesses the performance of the Thai tourism industry in this period, provides a SWOT analysis of the Thai tourism industry, and offers recommendations for the future success of Thailand as a competitive tourist destination. © 2009 Asia Pacific Tourism Association.

DOI

10.1080/10941660903023952

First Page

351

Last Page

370

Publication Title

Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research

Comments

At the time of publication, Siriporn McDowall was affiliated with New Mexico State University.

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