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Travel News – Thai tourism sees growth in line with the target: India topped the list with arrivals up by 11.23%

The Thai tourism industry recorded total international
arrivals of 31.25 million in January-October 2018, up
7.84%, generating an estimated 1.63 trillion Baht in tourism
revenue, up by 9.98% over the same period of 2017. China
headed the list with more than nine million arrivals.

Arrivals from South Asia grew by a strong 10.75% to 1.60 million.
India topped the list with arrivals up by 11.23% to 1.28 million. In
2018, TAT has set a target of 36 million arrivals and 1.97 trillion Baht in
expenditure, up 3.85% and 8%, respectively over 2017

Summary of the key results in Jan-Oct 2018:

Overview: All regions grew well except the Middle East and Oceania.
Visitors from East Asia totalled 21.58 million (+9.71%), Europe 5.24
million (+4.24%), the Americas 1.25 million (+3.01%), South Asia 1.60
million (+10.75%), Oceania 766,119 (-1.74%), Middle East 635,311
(-6.29%), and Africa 158,630 (+8.41%).

East Asia: East Asian visitor arrivals comprised the biggest market

of all visitors. A total of 21.58 million or 69% were from East
Asian countries. Apart from China, the other top sources of arrivals
were Malaysia (3.17 million), South Korea (1.46 million) and Lao PDR.
(1.44 million).

The ASEAN countries in total are generating over 8.24 million
arrivals, with the growth by Malaysia (+12.73%), Philippines (+12.33%),
Indonesia (+10.94%), Vietnam (+9.46%), Lao PDR. (+4.92%), Cambodia
(+4.36%), Singapore (+2.99%), Myanmar (+0.56%), but Brunei (-
4.95%).

Europe: European visitors were up 4.24% to 5.24 million. Russia
retained its status as the largest source market from Europe with
arrivals of 1.1 million, up 11.75%. The United Kingdom is the second
highest source market with a total of 788,333, followed by Germany
695,077, up 3.96%.

Visitors also grew from East Europe (+9.34%), Austria (+12.22%),
Netherlands (+6.65%), Finland (+5.99%), Italy (+5.85%), and Denmark
(+4.27%).

The Americas: Arrivals from the Americas grew 3.01% to 1.25 million.
The main market, USA, increased by 5.61% to 875,485. Arrivals from
Canada were up 7.52%.

South Asia: Arrivals from South Asia grew by a strong 10.75% to 1.60
million. India topped the list with arrivals up by 11.23% to 1.28 million.
Other countries also showed good growth; such as, Nepal (+25%),
Bangladesh (+8.70%), Pakistan (+3.64%), Sri Lanka (+3.39%).

Oceania: Arrivals from Oceania declined by 1.74% to 766,119
visitors. Australian visitors declined by 1.96% to 665,308. Arrivals from
New Zealand declined by 0.47% to 97,631.

Middle East: Arrivals from the UAE declined by 7.99% to 109,705.
Arrivals from Saudi Arabia declined by 19.64% to 24,695. However,
some markets like Kuwait (+2.73%) reported good results.

Africa: Arrivals from Africa grew by 8.41% to 158,630, mainly due to
arrivals from South Africa (80,109).

In 2018, TAT has set a target of 36 million arrivals and 1.97 trillion
Baht in expenditure, up 3.85% and 8%, respectively over 2017.

For more information : https://www.tatnews.org/2018/12/thaitourism-
sees-growth-in-line-with-the-target/

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