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According to a report in the Thailand Business News. Chelsea Graham, who travelled to the Kingdom from the United States, won a prize for one of the Kingdom’s ‘Luckiest Visitors’ for 2015 when she arrived at Suvarnabhumi Airport earlier this month.

Chelsea was awarded the prize as she was Thailand’s 27 Millionth visitor in 2015, a clear sign that the country continues to lead the way in Asia when it comes to attracting international visitors.

“Thailand is now entering the high tourist season, welcoming one million arrivals for every 10 days, said Sugree Sithivanich, deputy governor for marketing communications at the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). “This is a testament to the confidence of international visitors and the global community in Thailand as a safe tourist destination. We sincerely thank all tourists for choosing Thailand as the destination to enjoy their vacation and have a memorable travel experience.

The high season in Thailand runs from November through March, and includes festivals and events such as Loy Krathong, Christmas and Chinese New Year.

The TAT hosted a special welcome party for Ms. Graham as a way of saying thank you for selecting Thailand as her holiday destination. As part of her warm welcome to the Kingdom, Graham received two economy-class return tickets from her original destination to Thailand, which will be valid for one year. She also received a voucher for a five-night stay in luxurious accommodation, a mobile phone with a 4G SIM card and seven-days free internet for her trip. The lucky lady was also presented with a ‘Thailand’s luckiest visitor’ certificate from the TAT, Airports of Thailand, the Immigration Bureau, Thai Airways International and True Corporation.

“I chose Thailand as the travel destination for this year’s holiday season to enjoy the unique Thai culture, abundant natural beauty and remarkable variety of activities, Graham was quoted as saying. “This is my first time in this lovely country.

Thailand welcomed 24.36 million visitors to its shores during the first 10 months of 2015, according to preliminary data published by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports. As such, the Kingdom is reportedly still on track to reach its projected target of 28.8 million overseas visitors for the year, who are expected to generate THB1.4 trillion (US$39 billion) in revenue. The 10-month figure includes 677,198 tourist arrivals from the United States, which has shown a growth of 2.9 percent in comparison to last year.
 

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