MoTS Permanent Secretary Pongpanu Svetarundra yesterday (Feb 23) revealed that of the 3.54mn foreign visitors, 2.14mn came from East Asia, more than 900,000 from European nations, and 811,000 from the United States, South Asia, Oceania, the Middle East and Africa.
Compared with the same period last year, the number of overseas visitors to Thailand grew 10.87%. The number of visitors from South Asia alone increased by 20.65%.
In terms of revenue, Mr Pongpanu said Thailand had gained more than B188.89bn from the influx of visitors, an increase of 11.59% year-on-year.
As for domestic tourism, he said Thai travellers throughout 2017 generated up to B956.75bn in cashflow, accounting for an 8.38% rise on the previous year.
Overall, Thailand earned B2.78 trillion from tourism in 2017, representing a year-on-year expansion of 10.51%.
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