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Foreign filmmakers flock to the kingdom of Thailand and spend billions of baht here

The Kingdom of Thailand has welcomed 71 foreign film productions this year, worth more than 3 billion baht for the country, Thai government spokeswoman Rachada Dhnadirek said.

The films were shot in 29 provinces between January and October and grossed 3.4 billion baht, she said, according to figures from the Ministry of Tourism and Sports.

Bangkok was the most popular location to film with 35 productions followed by Phuket (10), Samut Prakan (8), Pathum Thani (6), Phangnga (5) and three in Lampang, Surat Thani, Nakhon Nayok, Samut Sakhon, Nakhon Ratchasima and Chiang Rai.

The top five countries with the most revenues were the United States with 2.5 billion baht, Hong Kong (286 million baht), Singapore (228 million baht), France (120 million baht) and China (85 million baht).

Meanwhile, Thanusak Phuengdet, president of the Phuket Chamber of Commerce, said the “Phuket Sandbox Scheme” has helped prepare the provincial tourism industry for the peak season.

He thanked the local government and the private sector for pushing for residents to be vaccinated.

Despite the rainy season, more than 50,000 foreign travellers, including Hollywood actor Russell Crowe, have visited the province since July. Not only have they booked rooms in hotels, but also in several hostels that have a strong presence here, he said.

With the success of the sandbox scheme, other entrepreneurs are about to restart operations for the upcoming peak season, he added.

According to local authorities, 51,068 visitors had made their way to the province on Monday since the scheme started.

Australian Russel Crowe’s tweets about his positive experience in Thailand were warmly welcomed by Prime Minister Prayut. He was filming a Vietnam War movie called The Greatest Beer Run Ever.

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