Six countries lift travel warnings
Six countries have lifted their travel advisories for citizens planning to visit Thailand — Cambodia, Laos, Maldives, Vietnam, Iran and the UAE, according to Department of Tourism acting director-general Arnupap Gaesornsuwan.
He said the announcement was a good sign now the kingdom has installed a new government and is anticipating lifting martial law in major tourist destinations.
About 50 countries maintain their travel advisories warning citizens to exercise caution when visiting Thailand.
Only four countries - Greece, Malta, Oman and Uruguay - still advise citizens to avoid unnecessary trips to Thailand.
There are no countries which have banned citizens from travelling to Thailand, he said.
"We expect more countries to lift their travel advisories in the near future, due to the increasing confidence in matters of safety and Thailand's political stability," 2nd Lt Arnupap said.
Department statistics show the total number of tourists in the last three months has increased. The total number of visitors in June was 1.5 million, and rose to 1.9 million in July and a little over 2 million in August.
The total number of international visitors in the last eight months is about 15,700,000 - almost 11% below the same period last year. The department expects the total number of visitors to Thailand this year to reach 26.3 million by the end of December.