The Ministry of Tourism and Sports has reported healthy growth in the tourism sector during the second quarter, with more growth expected in the third quarter. Tourism and Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul said Thailand’s tourism sector during the second quarter generated 571 billion baht, an increase of 11.8 percent from the same period last year. Over 7.5 million foreign tourists traveled to the Kingdom during this period, an increase of 8 percent year-on-year. Overseas tourists brought in 362 billion baht in revenue, an increase of 13 percent year-on-year.
Over 37 million Thais traveled domestically during the second quarter, marking an increase of 3 percent from the same period last year and generating 208 billion baht in revenue.
The tourism sector during the first seven months of this year generated a total of 1.37 trillion baht in revenue, an increase of 13.95 percent from the same period last year. The number is composed of 972 billion baht from foreign tourists, marking a 16-percent growth, and 424 billion baht from domestic tourists, marking a 9-percent growth from the same period last year.
For the third quarter of this year, Mrs Kobkarn expects a 10-percent increase in revenue to 597 billion baht. Factors supporting this projection include the “12 Can’t-Miss Cities” campaign, increases in the number of public holidays, the push for domestic tourism, the opening of new low-cost flights, low oil prices, successful tourism marketing, and investments in tourism in the CLMVT countries.