Thai tourist tally positive

July 21, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 21 July 2017: Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports reports international visits exceeded 17.32 million, January to June, a slight increase of 4.41% when compared with the first half of 2016.

Released Monday, the ministry’s data showed the country attracted 17,323,640 international visits compared to 16,591,904 visits during the same period last year.

The data is based on foreign passports, or ID holders, passing through international checkpoints (land, sea and air).

The ministry’s permanent secretary, Pongpanu Svetarundra, said inbound tourism generated THB876,682.3 million, during the first half of the year, up 6.05% from THB826,640.77 million in the same period in 2016 .

“The recovery of Chinese and Russian arrivals and an increase in Muslim travellers helped to boost arrivals,” he said.

For the second half of 2017, tourist arrivals should continue to grow due to factors such as economic recovery in the United States, Europe and China, which will encourage travel, while there has been a recovery in the Chinese market, he said.

June highlights

In June alone, tourist arrivals reached 2,711,490 up 11.43% from 2,433,255 during the same month last year. By regions, all markets recorded increases in June except for Africa.

The Middle East recorded the highest growth of 85.14% from 25,788 to 47,743 visits. The United Arab Emirates showed the highest arrivals in the region with 8,065 visits up 305.68% from 1,988 visits.

Other main markets were: Israel (7,695; +9.58%); Kuwait (5,678; +188.66%); Saudi Arabia (2,361; +420.04%) and Egypt (1,387; +79.90%).

South Asia posted an increase of 25.06%, from 130,268 to 162,907 visits. India led the field supplying 138,278 visits growing 24.05% from 111,470 followed by Bangladesh (9,535; +106.12%), Sri Lanka (4,546; -9.41%), Pakistan (4,516; +34.93%) and Nepal (2,932; -10.25%).

The Americas recorded a growth of 12.03% from 103,335 to 115,765 visits. The United States recorded the highest arrivals at 86,997 up 11.37% from 78,114 followed by Canada (15,248; +5.63%), Brazil (4,969; +41.12%) and Argentina (2,629; +28.43%).

East Asia (ASEAN included) increased 11.10% from 1,781,606 to 1,979,412 visits. Markets that showed improvements were: Indonesia (+37.12%); Laos (+31.31%); the Philippines (+30.27%); South Korea (+24.40%); Malaysia (+16.06%); Brunei (+14.70%); Vietnam (+10.62%); Japan (+9.98%); China (+6.58%); Singapore (+6.38%); Myanmar (+4.85%); Cambodia (+3.19%); and Taiwan (+0.11%).

Hong Kong was the only market that showed a decline of 3.45%.

Europe improved 14.46% from 298,702 to 312,014 visits. The markets that showed improvements were: Russia (+17.14%); Germany (+16.77%); Finland (+9.19%); East Europe (+7.60%); Austria (+6.10%); Spain (+5.77%); Switzerland (+3.13%); and Belgium (+2.49%).

The markets that showed declines were: Sweden (-11.77%); the Netherlands (-9.31%); Denmark (-5.75%); Norway (-3.68%); Italy (-3.44%); France (-1.88%); and the United Kingdom (-0.66%).

The Oceania reported a slight increase of 0.27% from 81,458 to 81,677 visits. The main markets New Zealand up 5.83% (10,626) while Australia decreased 0.57% (70,760).

Visits from Africa declined 1.04% from 12,098 to 11,972. The main market South Africa increased 2.06% from 6,442 to 6,575.

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