Thailand Tourism up 19% January to April

Released late last week, the ministry’s research registered 8,841,730 trips to the country during the first four months up from 7,427,772 visits during the same period last year.

In April alone, there were 2,013,012 trips, up 19.38% compared to 1,686,268 visits during the same month in 2012. The Songkran festival in mid-April was identified as the key driver that drew tourists in a month when temperatures soar to almost unbearable levels in the Thai capital.

China delivered a substantial growth of 91.05% supplying 410,173 visits from 214,689

From Asian countries :

East Asia continues to be the top supplier, (ASEAN included), with a growth of 29.39% from 931,286 to 1,204,996 visits. All identified source markets in the region posted growth except for Cambodia (-23.86%), Laos (-14.58%), and Philippines (-0.11%).

Trips from Myanmar grew 42.58%, Taiwan +37.73% followed by Indonesia (+31.31%), Vietnam (+23.13%), Malaysia (+20.86%), Brunei (+20.83%), Japan (+9.65%), South Korea (+9.36%), Hong Kong (+5.44%), and Singapore (+4.13%).

From Europe

Ireland (-2.69%); Spain (-5.24%); Switzerland (-8.26%); and the United Kingdom (-5.42%).

The top five key markets that grew were: Finland (+72.87%); Sweden (+70.85%); Russia (+47.98%); East Europe (+33.16%); and Denmark (+24.55%).

The Americas recorded a slight growth of 0.19% to 91,268 from 91,097 visits. The main markets, USA and Brazil posted an increasing of 4.11% and 1.49% respectively.

However, arrivals from Oceania, South Asia, Africa and Middle East reported a decline of 19.61%, 5.98%, 5.88% and 5.45% correspondingly.

TTR reported the tourism ministry recorded international tourists to Thailand at the country’s gateway: Suvarnabhumi Airport, reached 1,354,673 visits in April increasing 21.81% from 1,112,081 visits during the same month last year.
Written by : Andrew J Wood

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