Thailand is set to hit the new record of tourist arrivals this year as the tourism industry continues to boom, with a new surge in visitors from neighbouring Laos.
More than two million people visited Thailand in January and February, with arrivals expected to top one million in March, according to a Thai tourism ministry report.
Thailand, which hosts more than two billion people, is a popular destination for foreign travellers who visit mainly for business and tourism, with the tourism sector accounting for almost 40 per cent of Thailand’s economy.
The number of international tourists has been growing since the early 1990s, with about 70 per cent visiting from Asia and another 20 per cent from Europe, the report said.
“The tourism industry is experiencing an unprecedented boom, which is contributing to a rise in the number of tourists visiting Thailand,” the ministry said.
“Tourism is also one of the main drivers of Thailand, with visitors from the world coming to Thailand to visit the country for holidays, business or just to enjoy the beautiful landscapes, which attract many Thai tourists.”
Tourism ministry spokeswoman Mee-Kee Thieng said Thai tourism had experienced a boom in the past two years.
We are very happy that the number and number of Thai visitors to Thailand has increased from more than 500,000 in 2016 to over 1 million this year, she said.
“The boom is being driven by the growth of Thai tourism, which we are seeing more and more of this year.”
Thai Tourism Minister Chulpawat Chachavalasaid there were about 20,000 tourists visiting Bangkok every day.
He said a boom had also been observed in Laos, where visitors had increased from 50,000 to 200,000.
The tourist industry has seen an explosion in Thailand. “
The tourism boom in Laos is due to the economic downturn and the tourism boom there is not necessarily the same for Thailand.”
The tourist industry has seen an explosion in Thailand.
I am sure there will be more and better information coming out in the coming days and weeks.
“The government reported there were 4,066 new tourist arrivals in January, up from 3,933 in January 2016, but not a single new tourist was killed in the process.