This year was very turbulent for Thailand with many ups and downs especially in the tourist sector. The number of people that travel to Thailand was getting higher or lower depending on the events that took place in this beautiful South-East Asian country. Unfortunately, the political crisis and the battle for power spilled on the streets (mostly in the capital Bangkok) and people around the world have witnessed very unpleasant news of police firing in order to disperse protestors and a series of accusation between political leaders. Finally in May the military decided to replace the civilian government and although this was a shock at the beginning, nowadays things are getting normalized and everyone is expecting elections to take place soon.
When it comes to tourism, this 2014, started really bad for Thailand with many people canceling their arrangements especially in January. However as the things got better the number of tourists increased until the military coup when the number of tourists suddenly dropped. Luckily for Thailand’s economy the latest news suggest that Thailand might actually expect increase in the number of tourists for July 2014 compared to July 2013. The authorities (mostly Tourism Authority of Thailand) are creating events and campaigns as well as taking practical measures to achieve that. The latest event that took place several days ago was the Happiness Street Festival (it lasted two days). This street festival was attended by thousands of people including Thai beauty queens that released thousands of smiley balloons in the air. Parades, fashion shows, music performances and culinary surprises were only part of the things that visitors could see on this festival. In this way Thailand is trying to remind the foreign tourist why this country is top travel destination for years. In fact, the organization committee invited dozens of foreign bloggers and journalist to cover this event. According to them more than 16 million viewers watched this event over the internet. Judging by the number of visitors and viewers this event was a complete success and Thailand can expect another good season at least when it comes to tourism!