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Thai tourism sees growth in line with the target

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The Thai tourism industry recorded total international arrivals of 31.25 million in January-October 2018, up 7.84%, generating an estimated 1.63 trillion Baht in tourism revenue, up by 9.98% over the same period of 2017. China headed the list with more than nine million arrivals.

Top 10 markets for Thailand in January – October 2018

Rank Country No. of Arrivals %Change
1 China 9,022,192 10.03
2 Malaysia 3,179,768 12.73
3 South Korea 1,466,676 4.77
4 Lao PDR. 1,446,835 4.92
5 Japan 1,353,301 6.89
6 India 1,287,978 11.23
7 Russia 1,101,619 11.75
8 Vietnam 881,551 9.46
9 USA 875,485 5.61
10 Hong Kong 850,498 25.46

Remark: Preliminary figures
Source: Ministry of Tourism and Sports

Summary of the key results in Jan-Oct 2018:

Overview: All regions grew well except the Middle East and Oceania. Visitors from East Asia totalled 21.58 million (+9.71%), Europe 5.24 million (+4.24%), the Americas 1.25 million (+3.01%), South Asia 1.60 million (+10.75%), Oceania 766,119 (-1.74%), Middle East 635,311 (-6.29%), and Africa 158,630 (+8.41%).