First Thailand joins the world's top 10 tourist countries in 2013, now it wins No 1 spot in Global Beachfront Awards
With an amazing 1,250 true beachfront accommodations establishments, Thailand has won the Global Beachfront Awards, beating the USA and Mexico into second and third places, followed by Spain and Greece, with the Philippines, Italy and Turkey tagging behind with significantly fewer qualified hotels and resorts. See the graphs here with the full Top 10 winners and numbers.
'True beachfront', as designated by this website which issued the awards, means only those hotels and accommodations directly on the beach or oceanfront, with no road or traffic between the rooms and the water. This website has now more than 12,000 qualified hotels in 109 countries in its database.
Thailand's win over so many heavyweights of global tourism might surprise some people. Read on to see what attributes draws so many millions of international tourists to its shores each year.