Foreign visitors to Thailand up 5.6%, led by Chinese
Thailand welcomed 26.9 million foreign tourists from January 1 to October 11, up 5.6%. Chinese remained at the top of international arrivals with 7.63 million.
Thailand welcomed 26.9 million foreign tourists from January 1 to October 11 and generated tourism revenue of 1.37 trillion baht, up 5.6% and 7.6% respectively compared with the same period last year.
Tourism and Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul said the Chinese remained at the top of international arrivals with 7.63 million.
During China's national holiday or Golden Week on October 1-8 this year, 227,648 Chinese travelled to Thailand.
Ctrip.com International, one of largest travel companies in China, said more than 6.15 million Chinese travelled abroad during Golden Week. Top destinations are Thailand, Japan, Singapore, the US and Vietnam.
Tourism Department director-general Anan Wongbenjarat has mapped out strategic plans to improve the tourism sector, focusing on product and service development and enhancing tourist satisfaction.
Moreover, critical problems such as zero-dollar tours from China will be closely monitored and solved. New technology will also be used to reach more tourists because modern travellers use social networks as travel manuals to search for information, plans, and to make bookings for trips.
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