Thailand Reports Increase in Tourist Arrivals

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Thailand Reports Increase in Tourist Arrivals

The Ministry of Tourism and Sports of Thailand revealed the numbers of tourists who visited the country between January and December 2018 showing 7.5% growth in visitor arrivals.

During the eleven months of 2018 Thailand welcomed 34.4 million tourists from all over the world, a 7.5% growth on year-to-year bases. Together, they generated about 1.8 billion THB in tourism revenue, also an increase of almost 9.8%. By December, 1st, seven countries that supplied the highest numbers of tourists, already surpassed the one-million milestone; they are China, Malaysia, South Korea, Lao PDR., Japan, India, and Russia. USA, Vietnam and Singapore were under 1 million by the end of November but in the very beginning of December they also hit the 1 Mio mark.

While China remains the main source market for Thailand with 9.6 million tourists, it comes only the fifth as far as the increase rate is concerned showing 7.86% growth. Malaysia rose by 15.52%, India – by 12.03%, Russia – by 10.33%, and Vietnam – by 10.18%.

All the regions ensured a steady growth except Middle East and Oceania both showing a slight decline in visiting tourists, though more tourists from Kuwait visited Thailand than before. 

The Tourism Authority of Thailand also announced that before the end of the year, the 35 million visitor target will definitely be met.



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