Tourism rakes in one trillion baht in first 7 months


BANGKOK – The tourism industry generated over one trillion baht for Thailand in the first seven months of 2017.

Pongpanu Svetarundra, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, has announced that in the month of July alone, Thailand welcomed more than three million foreign tourists, accounting for a 4.81% increase compared to the same period last year, and generating up to 150 billion baht. Most of the tourists came from East Asia, Europe, and South Asia.

Between January and July 2017, no less than 20 million foreigners visited Thailand. The number represented a 4.47% rise year-on-year. During the first seven months, foreign visitors spent at least one trillion baht altogether.

In the meantime, Don Mueang Airport has seen a rise in the number of passengers of 40,000 per day, a 400% surge compared to 2012, prompting the Immigration Office to add more duty staff to facilitate the flow of arriving passengers.