Thailand: The relationship between the growth of tourism and economic development

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  • Thailand: The relationship between the growth of tourism and economic development
    • Background info
      • International visitor numbers are higher than any other country in the Asia-Pacific region except China
      • International terroism, 2004 tsunami, SARS and bird flu have slowed down international tourist numbers
    • Economic significance of tourism
      • Tourism is the country's top earner of foreign currency
      • It is extremely labour intensive so creates substantial employment
  • Explaination for rapid growth in tourism industry
    • Rising levels of income in MEDCs and neighbouring Asian countries
    • Reductions in the cost of international air travel
    • Thailand: The relationship between the growth of tourism and economic development
      • Background info
        • International visitor numbers are higher than any other country in the Asia-Pacific region except China
        • International terroism, 2004 tsunami, SARS and bird flu have slowed down international tourist numbers
      • Economic significance of tourism
        • Tourism is the country's top earner of foreign currency
        • It is extremely labour intensive so creates substantial employment
    • The search for newer and more exotic destinations in the past 30 years benefitted Thailand
      • Makes tourism a truly global industry
    • The diversity: beachesm western-style resorts, nightlife and Buddhist temples are attactive for tourists

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