Tourist arrivals soar from Jan-Dec 2013


BANGKOK, 23 December 2013 The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has reported higher growth in many foreign tourist markets in Thailand during the first ten months of 2013. The numbers of foreign tourists from many countries grew in leaps and bounds. 

TAT Deputy Governor Phongsathorn Ketsamli said tourist arrivals and revenue from tourism during the ten months expanded by 22% to 21.74 million people and 942 billion baht respectively. The number of tourists from China increased the most or 84%, followed by Russia 36% and countries in ASEAN.

As for the European market, it grew by 13% despite economic slowdown in many countries, the official said.

Mr Phongsathorn also predicted that the country’s tourist growth this year would hit target with projected 17% and 20% increases in foreign tourists and revenue respectively.