The Thai tourism sector has been doing well so far this year, with more foreign visitors than last year and 12 percent growth in domestic travel during the Songkran Festival.
Permanent Secretary for Tourism and Sports Pongpanu Svetarundra reported that, in March this year, approximately 3.5 million foreigners paid visits to Thailand, creating income of over 189 billion baht for the country. The majority of them, or over 2.2 million, came from East Asia, followed by Europe, the Americas, South Asia, Oceania, the Middle East and Africa. Chinese tourists continued to account for the highest number.
Over the first quarter of this year, Thailand saw 10.6 million foreign tourist arrivals, up 15.4 percent on the same period last year, while revenue generated from the foreign visitors surpassed 573 billion baht, up 19 percent.
As for domestic tourism, the Permanent Secretary said more than 12 million trips were made within the country by Thai travelers in February, generating over 89 billion baht worth of revenue, 15 percent higher year-on-year.
During the Songkran holidays from April 12-16, the number of domestic trips made climbed 12 percent to about 3.1 million trips, with 35 billion baht’s worth of income generated. Of this number, more than 1 million trips were made by holidaymakers to secondary cities, an increase of 17.6 percent from last year.
(Source:-National News Bureau of Thailand)