Tourism September 01, 2017 01:00

By The Nation

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Thailand expects to enjoy continued growth both in tourist arrivals and tourism revenue this quarter.

International visitor arrivals are expected to increase by 5 per cent to 8.7 million and tourism revenue by 10 per cent to Bt460 billion.

Arrivals from Asean jumped 7 per cent to about 2.5 million tourists, while North East Asia remains the top inbound source market with 3.7 million visitors, up 2 per cent. 

Visitors from Europe totalled 1.3 million (up 8 per cent), with arrivals from the Middle East numbering 340,000 (up 14 per cent). 

South Asia rose by 11 per cent to 390,000 tourists and the Americas by 9 per cent to 280,000 travellers.

All markets showed strong growth, said TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn. In the first half of this year, Thailand welcomed 17.3 million tourists, generating Bt876 billion for its economy. TAT targets Thailand to finish 2017 with Bt1.81 trillion in tourism-related gains.