International travel to Thailand reached 29.47 million trips, January to September, increasing 3.51% year-on-year, according to the latest data supplied by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports.
Ministry data is based on the headcount at border immigration counters and is widely criticized for not reflecting the country’s real-time tourism performance accurately.
According to the MOTS evaluation, the nine-month data shows foreign visitor arrivals for all travel purposes reached 29,465,732 compared with 28,467, 696 during 2018.
Revenue earned from tourism based on an estimated average spend for each nationality shows the country’s tourism earnings reached 1,429,247.34 million up 3.45% year-on-year. Foreign tourist receipts make up about 12% of Thailand’s gross domestic product (GDP).
In September alone, arrivals increased 10.11% year-on-year to 2.9 million tourists who spent THB139.6 billion up 8.73%.
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