Thailand: Evermore tourists come a-flocking

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Thailand welcomed over 28.8 million international visitors from January to October 2017, the country’s Department of Tourism (DoT) announced. The number accounts for an increase of about 6.7 per cent over the same period of 2016 and is setting another new record.

At the current pace, Thailand is likely to surpass 34 million by the close of 2017. Based on optimistic forecasts, the figure could just fall short of 35 million if the fourth quarter performs well.

According to Permanent Secretary for Tourism and Sports, Pongpanu Svetarundra, during the ten-month period, Thailand earned 1.47 trillion baht ($46 billion) in tourism income from overseas markets. The value represents an increase of 9.3 per cent over the same period of 2016. Combining the overseas and domestic markets, Thailand’s total tourism revenue from January to October 2017 amounted to more than two trillion baht ($62.5 billion).

The International Civil Aviation Organisation in October 2017 removed the red flag against Thailand over safety concerns in its aviation sector. The removal has resulted in a lot of requests for more flights into Don Mueang International Airport, the second of Bangkok’s two main airports and the capital’s hub for low-cost carriers. This is also likely to boost tourism in Thailand, which has seen increased flight frequencies by both Thai and international airlines, the DoT said.

The top ten tourist supply markers were China, Malaysia, Laos, South Korea, India, Japan, Russia, Cambodia, the US and the UK. In the period, over 1,845,000 visitors came from China alone.

In terms of tourist receipts, the top ten supply markets were China, Russia, Malaysia, Australia, UK, South Korea, US, Japan, India and Germany.

Looking forward to 2018, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports will set a conservative target of 35 million visits in an effort to establish more sustainable trends.

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Thailand welcomed over 28.8 million international visitors from January to October 2017, the country’s Department of Tourism (DoT) announced. The number accounts for an increase of about 6.7 per cent over the same period of 2016 and is setting another new record.

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Thailand welcomed over 28.8 million international visitors from January to October 2017, the country’s Department of Tourism (DoT) announced. The number accounts for an increase of about 6.7 per cent over the same period of 2016 and is setting another new record.

At the current pace, Thailand is likely to surpass 34 million by the close of 2017. Based on optimistic forecasts, the figure could just fall short of 35 million if the fourth quarter performs well.

According to Permanent Secretary for Tourism and Sports, Pongpanu Svetarundra, during the ten-month period, Thailand earned 1.47 trillion baht ($46 billion) in tourism income from overseas markets. The value represents an increase of 9.3 per cent over the same period of 2016. Combining the overseas and domestic markets, Thailand’s total tourism revenue from January to October 2017 amounted to more than two trillion baht ($62.5 billion).

The International Civil Aviation Organisation in October 2017 removed the red flag against Thailand over safety concerns in its aviation sector. The removal has resulted in a lot of requests for more flights into Don Mueang International Airport, the second of Bangkok’s two main airports and the capital’s hub for low-cost carriers. This is also likely to boost tourism in Thailand, which has seen increased flight frequencies by both Thai and international airlines, the DoT said.

The top ten tourist supply markers were China, Malaysia, Laos, South Korea, India, Japan, Russia, Cambodia, the US and the UK. In the period, over 1,845,000 visitors came from China alone.

In terms of tourist receipts, the top ten supply markets were China, Russia, Malaysia, Australia, UK, South Korea, US, Japan, India and Germany.

Looking forward to 2018, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports will set a conservative target of 35 million visits in an effort to establish more sustainable trends.

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