The Tourism and Sports Ministry of Thailand has informed that the arrivals of tourists to Thailand have reached over 3 million, with an increase of 15% in the month of January.
China remains the leading market with the increase of 45% in the last month. According to the information that was released by the ministry last week, around 3,001,327 foreign travelers had visited the country during last month when compared to around 2,610, 141 people visiting the country during the same period last year.
According to Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Sports and Tourism Minister, the strong performance was driven by the Asian market which was led by China. He said that to make sure a solid increase for the tourism, the Thai government would work on various policies to lure foreign visitors and to motivate Thai individuals to visit tourist spots in the country.
Intra-ASEAN tourism is considered to be the prime market for balancing the increase in the visitors from China, individuals from ASEAN countries can enjoy around 15-day visa free reside in Thailand.
Visitors from East Asia have increased to 1,844,794 with the growth rate of around 22.25%. The markets that had revealed the improvements were people from China with an increase of 45.37%, South Korea with 14.31%, the Philippines with 7.71%, Hong Kong with 7.55%, Indonesia with 6.31%, Malaysia with 6.21% and Japan with 0.55% of increase.
People from the US had increased 13.27% to around 137,924 visits. Argentina with 85.07% increase to 6,333. South Asia has shown an increase of tourists with 12.01% to around 120,202 visits. India with 91.248 visits with an increase of 14.49%.
The Middle East raised 10.04% to 61,032 visits. UAE with 7,559, an increase of 2.70%. Visits from Europe has raised to 3.25% to around 7,48, 065 visits. And visits from African countries have seen slight increase of 2.04% with around 11,825 visits.