Over 800,000 Chinese visit Thailand in May
Over 800,000 Chinese tourists visited Thailand last month, according to a statement released by a senior government official on Monday.
Tourism and Sports Ministry Under-Secretary Pongpanu Svetarundra said an estimated 869,000 Chinese tourists visited various destinations in Thailand last month, representing an increase of 14% from the same period last year.
Chinese tourists were the largest group by nationality among a total of 2.75 million foreigners who visited Thailand last month.
The number marked a 6.35% increase from the corresponding period last year, according to the press release.
A total of 136.71 billion baht (about USD 4.35 billion) was generated in Thailand during last month's visits by foreign tourists, accounting for a 9% increase from the same period last year, the official data showed.
In the first five months, 16,456,470 foreign tourists visited Thailand, representing an increase of 12.62% when compared with the same period last year.
These tourists generated some 867.46 billion baht (USD 27 billion) in the first five months, which represented an increase of 16.11% year-on-year, according to the official data.
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