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Russia, China drive tourist arrivals up 12% in January-July

Russia, China drive tourist arrivals up 12% in January-July

BANGKOK: Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports reports international tourist arrivals to Thailand reached more than 19.5 million during January to July, this year, showing an improvement of 11.87 per cent.

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By Anton Makhrov

Wednesday 24 August 2016, 11:28AM


Foreign arrivals for the first seven months of 2016 show two-digit improvement, thanks to Russians and Chinese. Photo: Junpei Abe

Foreign arrivals for the first seven months of 2016 show two-digit improvement, thanks to Russians and Chinese. Photo: Junpei Abe

Released earlier this week, the ministry’s data showed the country attracted 19,538,190 international visits during the first seven months of this year compared to 17,465,861 visits during the same period last year. In July alone, immigration recorded 2,946,286 international arrivals, compared with 2,657,993 in 2015, up 10.85%.

From January to July China supplied more than 5.765 million visits to Thailand, showing a 20.54% improvement over 4,782 million visitors in the first seven months of 2015.

Meanwhile, recovery in the Russian market gains momentum. Over 599,140 travelers from this country visited Thailand in January-July, up 19.39% from slightly over 506,071 recorded last year. In July alone the arrivals from Russia grew 20.02%, while in June a 28.41% growth was recorded.

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Arrivals from Europe (including Russia) grew in the first seven month by 9.23%, USA and Canada showed 9.35% growth, India and South Korea both demonstrated and increase of over 13%.

Australian and New Zealand markets are still on decline with only 519,3 arrivals from these countries recorded by Immigration so far, down 1.6% from last year.

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Christy Sweet | 25 August 2016 - 20:17:23

I enjoy it when Kurt  mixes up the language- "that bites each other" is a good example of this entertaining, train-(wreaingk)of-thought.

Kurt | 25 August 2016 - 14:50:03

Is there any eco-thinking among thai authorities for the sake of preservation of Thailand's nature, at land and at sea?

How can they be so enthusiastic about numbers and same time advocate 'quality tourism'?
That bites each other.

Let me guess, eco tourisme not understood, quality tourism just lip service.
But rising numbers means: money-money. And that counts. Only that.

kataglenn | 24 August 2016 - 13:56:07

Great Numbers!! pity not many of them made it to  Phuket and those that did were involved in bus crashes Shame    

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