... that's a lot of money!
and, a lot of tourists! I can't say I noticed as I stayed dry in my house...
Thailand's Songkran festival generates US$660.8 mln in spending
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said the traditional Songkran water festival generated Bt25 billion (US$660.8 million) in tourism-related spending across the country, with Bangkok topping the league with Bt2 billion followed by Chiang Mai with Bt1 billion. Declaring Songkran a major triumph in boosting tourism, TAT spokesman Wansadet Tawornsuk said that between April 9-15, Songkran festivities across the nation led to Bt25 billion in tourism-related spending.
* Bangkok still proved a magnet of tourists as over two million foreign and Thai revellers contributed Bt2 billion spending during the period, according to TAT's estimate.
* Chiang Mai was just as busy, with over 90 per cent of its hotel rooms were booked in advance.
Tourism Authority of Thailand says traditional Songkran water festival generated US$660.8 mln in spending
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