China, India lead growth in January-April
Led by a 30 percent increase in visitor arrivals from China and a 17 percent growth from India, the Thai tourism industry has recorded total international arrivals of 13.7 million in January-April 2018, up 13.9 percent over the same period of 2017.
Mr. Pongpanu Svetarundra, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Tourism and Sports announced at a press briefing that the total visitors in January-April generated an estimated 730.7 billion Baht in tourism income, up 17.55 percent from the same period of 2017.
In April alone, international visitor arrivals totalled 3,092,725, up by 9.38 percent over the same period of 2017. The top ten source markets were China, Malaysia, Lao PDR., Russia, India, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, the United States and the United Kingdom, respectively.
Here is a summary of the key results for January – April 2018:
Overview: All regions grew well except the Middle East. Visitors from East Asia totalled 8,894,642 (+17.50 percent), Europe 3,006,525 (+9.75 percent), the Americas 599,431 (+3.55 percent), South Asia 607,379 (+15.18 percent), Oceania 296,741 (+0.26 percent), the Middle East 237,322 (-6.75 percent), and Africa 59,371 (+7.11 percent).