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Tourism generates B840bn in first four months

BANGKOK: The Ministry of Tourism and Sports has released figures showing that during the first four months of this year, 12 million visitors came to Thailand spending around B620 billion, an increase of 4.71% compared with the same period in 2016.

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Friday 26 May 2017, 09:16AM


Local festivals, as well as Songkran and Chinese New Year, were named as key contributing factors to the tourism results in the first four months of 2017. Photo: TAT
Local festivals, as well as Songkran and Chinese New Year, were named as key contributing factors to the tourism results in the first four months of 2017. Photo: TAT

Domestic tourism saw more than B220bn generated during the same period, reported a Tourism Authority of Thailand release issued earlier this week.

Of the 12 million visitors to Thailand from January to April, 7.5 million came from East Asia, generating B308bn, while China remained the leading source market at “about 3.2 million arrivals”, the report added.

However, although the TAT release noted that, “Thai authorities have invoked measures to stopping unscrupulous tour operators taking advantage of visitors,” there was no mention of how much revenue the Chinese arrivals had generated.

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European arrivals from January to April totalled 2.7 million, up 8.41% compared with the same period in 2016, noted the report, adding that the continental tourists contributed B200 million to the Thai economy.

TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn said, “We are delighted to be doing so well in 2017 and will continue to offer a warm Thai welcome to visitors yet to come.

“We now have a healthy balance between our new Eastern markets and our more traditional tourism markets in the West. But wherever they come from, people visiting Thailand expect unique and memorable visits and this is what we can provide,” he said.

 

 

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