China and India drive Thailand tourism

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Thailand’s tourism industry is booming, with Chinese and Indian tourists cited as particular drivers of revenue. The period January-April this year saw Chinese and Indian arrivals to Thailand grow by 30 per cent and 17 per cent respectively compared with the equivalent period in 2017, fuelling an overall total of 13.7 million visits for the quarter, up 13.9 per cent compared with Q1 last year.

April alone saw international arrivals to Thailand rise by 9.38 per cent compared with April 2017, with total visitor numbers hitting 3,092,725, according to the Thailand Ministry of Tourism and Sports. The top 10 most popular source markets are China, India, Malaysia, Lao PDR, Russia, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, the US and the UK. The Middle East was the only region not to show healthy growth as a source market.

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