Published on : Thursday, September 12, 2019
The 3.41 million foreign arrivals in August spent 170 billion baht (US$5.55 billion), going up 7.12 per cent year-on-year, said the ministry in a statement.
The number of Chinese tourists, who are Thailand’s biggest source of visitors, jumped 15.6 per cent in August from a year earlier to 1 million, after increasing 5.81 per cent in July after five months of decline.
In the January-August period, the number of foreign tourists increased 2.6 per cent year-on-year to 26.5 million.
The Thai government believes that the number of foreign travellers will reach its target of a record 40 million this year.
“The prime minister has instructed relevant agencies to address any impact of an influx of foreign tourists on the public, environment and infrastructure,” said government spokeswoman Narumon Pinyosinwat.
Last year, there were 38.3 million foreign arrivals but a boat disaster near Phuket Island killed 47 Chinese visitors, and this incident was blamed for a decline in Chinese visitor numbers.
Tourism is a major driver of Thai growth, with foreign tourist receipts accounting for about 12 per cent of GDP.