Mainland tourists fuel Thailand tourism surge
Tourists from the Chinese mainland marked the largest number of foreign visitors to Thailand last month, increasing 15.49 percent, Tourism and Sports Ministry Undersecretary Pongpanu Svetarundra announced on Tuesday. Last month, a total of 2,555,689 foreigners visited Thailand, 1,841,506 of whom came from East Asia, followed by visitors from Europe, South Asia, America, Oceania, the Middle East and Africa respectively, the ministry’s undersecretary said in Tuesday’s statement. That registered a 5.7 percent increase from the same period last year. The foreign visitors spent a combined 133.49 billion baht ($392.61 million) during their stays in Thailand last month, accounting for a 12 percent rise from the same period last year. Meanwhile, more than 26 million foreigners visited Thailand between January and September this year, Pongpanu said.