In 2019, Thailand has slashed its annual tourism record with 39 million international tourists

Published on : Tuesday, December 31, 2019

In 2019, Thailand has slashed its annual tourism record with pouring of 39 million international tourists. It was a rise from about 38mn in 2018. The 39 millionth tourist was from Russia.


Tourism and Sports Minister, Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn explained that for the world travelers, Kingdom still remains one of the all-time favorite destinations.


In the closing days of 2019, about 140,000 tourists are hoped to arrive each day. This means that Thailand is all set to welcome a total of 39.6mn to 39.8mn tourists by year-end.


Anna Pavlovskaya, who was visiting Thailand with her family for the third time, explained that in addition to tourist destinations, Thai people and their hospitality were the prime reasons for her return to Thailand after her first visit 21 years ago to Koh Samui in Surat Thani province.



As per Tourism and Sports Ministry, during January to November in 2019, the number of overseas arrivals stood at 35.87mn – a rise of 4.44% year-on-year – and generated B1.74trn in income, up by 3.67% from the year before.


In 2019,, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is hoping that Thai tourism will attain a growth rate of 4% in volume as well as value to 39.7mn foreign tourists which will give B1.96trn into the income of the country.


In 2020, the agency predicts that the number of tourists will reach 40.8mn, an increase of 2.5%, which will contribute B2.02trn to the economy, up 3% year-on-year.


For the Russian market, one of the most significant for Thai tourism, the TAT is expecting to draw more tourists by entering into the new cities likeVladivostok, Irkutsk, Yekaterinburg, and Novosibirsk via charter flights by 2020, said Srisuda Wanapinyosak, TAT deputy governor for Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the Americas.


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