Thailand film revenues double in 2010

It notched up $60 million thanks to incentives

Thailand doubled its film revenues in 2010, according to statistics released Jan. 4 by the Thailand Film Office and the Dept. of Tourism.

The country made 1.87 billion baht ($60 million) from 578 productions that lensed there in 2010, compared with the $30 million earned in 2009.

Dept. of Tourism director-general Supol Sripan expects more growth this year after the government approved incentives for local and foreign filmmakers.

Shooting fee exemptions for the Dept. of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, the Dept. of Fine Arts, the State Railway of Thailand, the Treasury Dept., the Royal Forest Dept., the Royal Irrigation Dept. and Suvarnabhumi Airport have also been approved with more incentives under review.

The majority of foreign productions were from India and Japan, followed by Europe and Korea.

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