The Tourism Ministry of Thailand is satisfied with the number of tourist arrivals in Thailand during the first 7 months of this year.

Tourism and Sports Minister Chumpol Silapa-archa said that the 11th Thai International Travel Fair 2012 (TITF), which kicked off on Aug. 16, is intended to help boost local spending and revenue of travel business operators.

The minister stated that, during January and July 2012, 12.5 million overseas travellers have set foot in Thailand . With such satisfactory records, the Tourism Minister is confident that this year’s tourist arrivals will hit the ministry’s target of 19.5 million.

Thai Travel Agents Association (TTAA) President Suthiphong Pheunphiphop said that the 11th TITF is carrying the theme of “Amazing Winter”, which means the travel packages available at the fair will focus on the holiday plans during the cool season later this year.

Suthiphong said that more than 20 million THB has been spent to organise this event, which is expected to draw 300,000-400,000 fair-goers and bring in 300-400 million THB in travel income during the 4-day period.

The 11th TITF will run until Aug. 19 at Queen Sirikit Convention Centre.-VNA