Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra expressed her wish to attract more high-end visitors to the country, following her officials visits to Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

During the cabinet meeting on June 3, Yingluck said that high-end tourism is an effective way to boost cash flow generated from long-stay tourists.

She ordered the Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration and related ministries to list tourist destinations that can be developed into upscale attractions. The plan is aimed at upgrading the quality of the country’s tourism services and to boost local and national income.

Deputy Prime Minister Plodprasop Suraswasdi and Agriculture Minister Yukol Limlaemthong were assigned to spearhead the nationwide initiative.

According to reports, the number of international tourist arrivals to Thailand is expected to reach 25 million visitors, generating revenues of 1.6 trillion THB this year.-VNA