Dhaka: Thailand welcomed 34,431,489 foreign visitors, up by 7.53% year-on-year, inducing an estimated 1.8 billion Baht in tourism revenue, up by 9.79%, according to the announcement of tourism figures for January-November 2018 made by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, Thailand.
The figures highlighted that seven countries (China, Malaysia, South Korea, Lao PDR., Japan, India, and Russia) have already produced more than one million visitor arrivals, and three more countries (USA, Vietnam and Singapore) were set to follow the example when the results of the full year 2018 were organised.
Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor, TAT (Tourism Authority of Thailand), commented: "We are overjoyed to have this result in the last quarter of 2018. The 35 million visitor target is now set to be met. It is a tribute to the cooperation and creativity of the entire Thai travel and tourism industry to ensure that it remains our primary sector for job creation, distribution of income nationwide, and contribution to cultural, heritage and environmental preservation".
Competent growth was seen in all regions except the Middle East and Oceania. Visitors from East Asia totalled 23.62 million (+9.21%), Europe 5.91 million (+4.03%), the Americas 1.41 million (+3.70%), South Asia 1.77 million (+11.32%), Oceania 838,713 (-1.40%), the Middle East 683,420 (-6.24%), and Africa 174,565 (+9.63%).