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Published on : Monday, January 11, 2016
As many as 7 million visitors from other ASEAN member countries, especially Malaysia, Cambodia and Vietnam, are expected to travel to Thailand this year, Thai Tourism & Sports Minister Korbkarn Watanawrangkura said on Monday. Hence, Thailand is targeting travelers from the ASEAN region as a major group of visitors to generate tourism-related incomes throughout this year.
That compares to more than 7 million Chinese tourists reported to have visited Thailand in 2015, according to the tourism minister. The Chinese have constituted the highest number of foreign visitors to the Southeast Asian country so far.
Last year, nearly 30 million tourists from around the globe visited Thailand generating an estimated four billion U.S. dollars in tourism-related earnings.
The minister said that the number of tourists from eastern Europe is speculated to increase throughout this year though the number of Russians might probably continue to drop.
Given geographical proximity, those ASEAN travelers may conveniently arrive by bus or car through varied Thai border checkpoints, in addition to daily international flights.