Officials in Thailand are getting plans in place to make Thailand a stop for high-class cruise ships and are racing to set up infrastructure to make this possible.
The move is according to Deputy Prime Minister Tanasak Patimapragorn, a result of research carried out by government agencies that attracting the high-end cruise ships will bring in high-spending tourists.
The research suggested that those on expensive cruises spend on average 6,174 baht daily compared to the average tourist who spends on average 4,000 baht less.
Existing cruise liners that visited Thailand during 2015 and 2016 chose to use Laem Chabang and Koh Samui as their preferred ports.
Officials are currently looking at attracting more high-end cruises by developing routes between neighbouring countries to allow people to come for day trips in Thailand.
It was reported that the government is well into planning promoting cruise tourism to a number of Thai ports including Phuket, Phang Nga and Koh Samui with the projects estimated to be complete before the end of 2017 and produce an instant increase in the number of tourists arriving via cruises.
Content: Love Pattaya Thailand