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Secondary provinces also experienced higher hotel occupancies Secondary provinces also experienced higher hotel occupancies

January –July Thailand Visitor Arrivals Up

Thailand welcomed visitor arrivals of 22,657,730 from January – July this year, up by 11 percent over the same period of 2017, according to preliminary figures tabulated by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports.

Estimated visitor expenditure also rose significantly, up 14.44 percent to THB1.18 trillion (USD0.03599 trillion).

The top five markets were China with 6,860,924 visitors (up 21.44 percent), Malaysia with 6,860,924 (up 6.8 percent), Korea with 1,035,057 (up 5.82 percent), Lao PDR with 991,679 visitors (up 9.31 percent) and India with 919,130 (up 13.24 percent).

Yuthasak Supasorn, governor, Tourism Authority of Thailand, commented, “This strong growth is very encouraging in terms of numbers, but even are more important are some of the emerging new trends; such as, the 23.3 percent increase in visitor arrivals by sea (July).”