The Thailand Riviera covers four coastal provinces, namely Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, and Ranong. This area has great potential for tourism development and each province has its unique characteristics.
The development of the Thailand Riviera is also important for the construction of a high-speed train system from Bangkok to Hua Hin in Prachuap Khiri Khan. The Government has set up a special mechanism to drive tourism development in the Thailand Riviera into action.
The National Tourism Policy Committee also approved the evaluation outcomes on area suitability for the designation of six additional tourism development zones. These zones include 1) Lively Old Cities; 2) Livelihood along the Gulf of Thailand; 3) Dong Phaya Yen – Khao Yai World Heritage Site; 4) Isan Geological Site; 5) Water-based Livelihood of the Songkhla Lake; and 6) Multiculturalism of the Southern Border Provinces.
The Ministry of Tourism and Sports was assigned to conduct detail studies and public hearings before a ministerial regulation is issued on the designation of the tourism development zones.
Minister of Tourism and Sports Weerasak Kowsurat stated that Thailand’s tourism in the first two months of 2018 continued to grow, by 19% in the number of tourists and by 16% in tourism income. Tourism revenue throughout 2018, both from international and domestic tourists, is expected to reach three trillion baht.