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Published on : Friday, January 8, 2016
The number of Southeast Asian visitors to Thailand is likely to rise by 1.5 per cent this year and by further 2 per cent next year, from seven million in 2015 to nine million in 2016 and 10 million in 2017, reports Thai News Agency (TNA). The formation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) with the combined population of over 600 million contributes to this rise.
Notably, Malaysians have formed the biggest proportion of Southeast Asian visitors to Thailand so far, followed by those from Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia. Each visitor from these countries spends about 2,500 baht (RM303) per day on average, Charoen Wang-ananont, President of the Association of Thai Travel Agents (ATTA), told journalists on Wednesday.
He added that Thailand expects a total of 32.78 million international visitors, up from 29.8 million last year when foreign tourists spent about 5,000 baht per person (RM606) per day on average.
In 2015 foreign visitors spent 1.4 trillion baht in Thailand, while Thai tourists spent about 800 billion baht.
The ATTA assessed that this year spending by foreign visitors would further rise to 1.42-1.43 trillion baht amid lingering global economic problems, while spending by Thai tourists should remain at the same level of last year.
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