Foreign tourist arrivals up 5.92% in November


BANGKOK: Tourist arrivals in Thailand rose 5.92% in November from a year earlier, after increasing 12.51% in the previous month, the Tourism and Sports Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday (Dec 25).

The ministry said foreign visitors accounted for 3.35 million last month, a rise of 5.92% from the 3.1mn recorded during the same period of last year.

Visitors from China, Thailand’s biggest source of tourists, jumped 18.33% in November year-on-year, after October’s 27.81% surge, due partly to last year’s comparatively low figures. Tourists from other Asean members came second at 9.5mn, up from 9mn, a 4.7% rise year-on-year.

A total of 3.36mn tourists in November spent B167 billion, up 2.98% from a year earlier.

In the January-November period, overall tourist arrivals totalled 35.87mn, up 4.44% from a year earlier.

Foreign tourist receipts make up about 12% of Thailand’s gross domestic product.

Courtesy: Published at The Phuket News on December 27, 2019

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