Thailand is top destination for online searches this year

France's famous travel website Routard.com has put Thailand as the top destination of all searches made online this year.
Government spokesman Maj Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd said the French popular website on travel has ranked Thailand at the top of all long-haul destination searches made online.

The NNT reported that the website compiled user searches during January to November 2016 and concluded that Thailand was the top pick, while the United States came in the second place, followed by Cuba, Bali, Vietnam and Canada.

The website described that users were highly confident in Thailand’s capability as a long-haul travel destination, and added that Thailand has held the top tier position for many consecutive years.

The spokesman said that the prime minister was pleased with the news which is consistent with the recent sixth annual Mastercard Global Destinations Cities Index that has placed Thailand as the top destination for tourists in 2016 among 132 countries worldwide.

He said the number of tourists grew steadily and the spending per capita has increased significantly.

Thailand’s tourism thus year generated 2.4 trillion baht in revenue, exceeding the original target of 2.3 trillion baht, while the total number of tourists were recorded at 30.2 million thanks to the crackdown on illegal tours and other government measures aimed at promoting tourism.