Thailand likely to surpass Malaysia in tourism ranking

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Phuket beachThailand recorded a record growth of visitors in 2013 so far and is likely to surpass its rival Malaysia be the end of the year in tourism numbers, observers say.

Thailand welcomed a total of 14.96 million foreign visitors during the first seven months of 2013, an increase of 20.37 per cent on the same period of 2012, according to government spokesman Teerat Ratanasevi. He said Thailand is performing above average in comparison to other countries around the world, given that global tourism growth is projected to stand at three to four per cent in 2013.

He did not give a projection for the full year, but if the trend continues, Thailand could reach a total of 26 million tourists in 2013 and surpass Malaysia, which counted around 25 million visitors in 2012 but recorded sluggish growth rates over the past three years between just 0.6 and 3.9 per cent.

The top ten tourism source countries for Thailand by numbers in the period were China, Malaysia, Russia, Japan, Korea, India, UK, Laos, Australia and Germany.

Meanwhile, Cambodia released new tourism numbers, saying that from January to July 2013, the country welcomed 2,431,360 international travelers, a growth  of 19.1 per cent from the same period in 2012. The forecast for the full year 2013 stands at 4.1 million visitors.

In the Philippines, tourism numbers broke the 4-million mark in 2012 for the first time ever with 4.3 million, but the figures are still considered low by authorities. The tourism secretary has now been tasked to more than double the numbers to 10 million by 2016.

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Thailand recorded a record growth of visitors in 2013 so far and is likely to surpass its rival Malaysia be the end of the year in tourism numbers, observers say.

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Phuket beachThailand recorded a record growth of visitors in 2013 so far and is likely to surpass its rival Malaysia be the end of the year in tourism numbers, observers say.

Thailand welcomed a total of 14.96 million foreign visitors during the first seven months of 2013, an increase of 20.37 per cent on the same period of 2012, according to government spokesman Teerat Ratanasevi. He said Thailand is performing above average in comparison to other countries around the world, given that global tourism growth is projected to stand at three to four per cent in 2013.

He did not give a projection for the full year, but if the trend continues, Thailand could reach a total of 26 million tourists in 2013 and surpass Malaysia, which counted around 25 million visitors in 2012 but recorded sluggish growth rates over the past three years between just 0.6 and 3.9 per cent.

The top ten tourism source countries for Thailand by numbers in the period were China, Malaysia, Russia, Japan, Korea, India, UK, Laos, Australia and Germany.

Meanwhile, Cambodia released new tourism numbers, saying that from January to July 2013, the country welcomed 2,431,360 international travelers, a growth  of 19.1 per cent from the same period in 2012. The forecast for the full year 2013 stands at 4.1 million visitors.

In the Philippines, tourism numbers broke the 4-million mark in 2012 for the first time ever with 4.3 million, but the figures are still considered low by authorities. The tourism secretary has now been tasked to more than double the numbers to 10 million by 2016.

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