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Thailand expects 16.6 million foreign visitors in first half of 2016

The Thai tourism industry is projected to record international visitor arrivals of 16.67 million in January-June 2016, which will be up 13% over the same period of 2015.

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The Thai tourism industry is projected to record international visitor arrivals of 16.67 million in January-June 2016, which will be up 13% over the same period of 2015.

Projected earnings are estimated at 824 billion Baht, up 17%.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, made the announcement at a press conference on the Thailand Tourism Situation in the 2nd and 3rd quarters of 2016.

Mr. Yuthasak said “In the first half of 2016, Thailand is projected to record 1.24 trillion Baht in tourism receipts, covering both international and domestic tourism.

International visitor arrivals are projected at 16.67 million, up by 13% over the first half of 2015, generating an estimated 824 billion Baht in tourism receipts (+17%). Domestic travel is projected to generate over 75 million trips, up 4% over the first half of 2015, generating an estimated 416 billion Baht in tourism receipts (+6%).”

Mr. Yuthasak said, “TAT is forecasting that in the 3rd quarter of 2016, Thailand will receive 635 billion Baht (+14%) in receipts from international and domestic tourism.”

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This forecast is based on projected international visitor arrivals of 8.30 million (+14%), generating an estimated 423 billion Baht (+18%). The top-five markets in term of tourism receipts are projected as China (146 billion Baht, +32%), Malaysia (22.5 billion Baht, +15%), Australia (17.8 billion Baht, +4%), Japan (17.6 billion Baht, +7%), and the UK (15.1 billion Baht, +6%). The positive direction is underlined by various factors. The forward flight bookings to Thailand in particular for long-haul markets send a positive sign.

The launch of new several routes from China’s secondary cities include Chengdu and Chong Qing to Ko Samui.

Moreover, the Amazing Thailand Grand Sale in June and the upcoming Women’s Journey project in August will help stimulate travelling during the Green Season and female travellers, respectively.

Visitor arrivals to Thailand in January – April 2016, totalled 11,682,144, a growth of 14.12% over the same period of 2015.

10 million Chinese visitors ?

This is based on a 27.35% increase in arrivals from China, now by far the largest source of visitors, a resumption of growth from Russia and a strong performance by the ASEAN countries, especially Thailand’s neighbouring countries of Cambodia, Lao PDR. and Myanmar.

Just for the four first month of this year, 3,445,501 Chinese tourists visited Thailand, a 27% jump compared to last year, making the target of 10 millions most likely to be attained for 2016.

The launch of new several routes from China’s secondary cities include Chengdu and Chong Qing to Ko Samui.

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