Thailand has set its sights on becoming a premier destination for Muslim tourists from around the world by 2027. This ambitious goal has been announced by deputy government spokeswoman Rachada Dhnadirek. The focus on Muslim tourists is due to their increasing numbers and high purchasing power. In 2022 alone, over 3 million Muslim tourists visited Thailand, a significant increase from the 875,043 visitors in 2017.
The Thai government is working to establish the Halal Economic Corridor (HEC) in the southern border provinces of Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat, and Satun, as well as four districts in Songkhla. The HEC aims to improve the livelihoods of local residents, revive the economy, and make Thailand a global hub for halal goods.