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(From Thai Press Reports)
Prime Minister Thaksin Shinwatra believes that negative effects of SARS on tourism and economy will not be long-lasting. The Government will offset problematic economic sectors by stimulating other economic activities. Concerning tourism, the Prime Minister admitted that it is quite difficult under the present situation, so responsible authorities must work harder to achieve the set target.
Tourist arrivals in 2003 are projected at 11.13 million, an increase of 6 percent. They are expected to generate income of 371 billion baht. Last year, Thailand welcomed 10.8 million tourists, a rise of 7.3 percent over 2001. Tourism income …