Thailand recorded 19 million foreign tourists so far this year


Reuters :
Thailand recorded 19 million foreign tourists in the January to 17 September period this year, the tourism ministry said on Tuesday.

Foreign arrivals generated 795 billion baht ($22.26 billion)in revenue, it said.

“The tourism situation in Thailand is showing signs of improvement,” the statement said, adding that the government’s visa waiver for Chinese arrivals will give the sector a boost.


Arrivals are expected to pick up as the industry begins to enter high season this week, with long weekends in source countries like Malaysia and Japan.

Thailand’s new government plans to boost tourism arrivals include waiving visas for arrivals from China and Kazakhstan from Sept. 25 till the end of February.

Tourism is a key driver of Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy. The government expects to see 28 million arrivals this year.