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International Tourist Arrivals in Thailand Reach Over 30 Million

3 December 2018


A report from the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) stated that, from January to October 2018, the Thai tourism industry recorded total international arrivals of 31.25 million, accounting for an increase of 7.84 percent over the same period of 2017.


During the period, tourist arrivals generated an estimated 1.63 trillion baht in tourism revenue, up by 9.98 percent. China headed the list with more than nine million arrivals.


All regions grew well except the Middle East and Oceania. East Asian visitor arrivals comprised the biggest market share of all visitors. A total of 21.58 million, or 69 percent, were from East Asian countries. Apart from China, the other top sources of arrivals were Malaysia, South Korea, and Lao PDR.


In 2018, TAT has set a target of 36 million arrivals and 1.97 trillion baht in expenditure, up by 3.85 percent and 8 percent respectively over 2017. It believes that Thailand's tourism will see growth in line with the target.


Meanwhile, Thailand has granted multiple entries at land borders to three more nationals. The Ministry of Interior announced that citizens of Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, and Singapore will be granted unlimited entries at land borders for the purpose of tourism, effective from 22 November 2018.


Prior to this, only Malaysian tourists could enter through border checkpoints for unlimited times. For other nationals, Thailand limits visa exemption entries at land borders to two per calendar year.


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