International tourism generates almost 200 billion baht revenue in first month of 2018

Thailand’s tourism industry continues to shine this year with tourism revenue generated from foreign tourists visiting the country in the first month of 2018 surging to almost 200 billion baht.

Over 3.54 million international tourists visited the country in January this year, an increase of 10.8% over the same month last year.

According to the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, out of the 3.54 million foreign visitors coming in the first month of this year, 2.14 million were from East Asia, over  900,000 from Europe, and 811,000 from the United States, South Asia, Oceania, Middle East, and Africa.

The tourist arrivals represented a 10.87%. increase year-on-year, while tourists from South Asia alone increased by 20.65%.

Thailand generated  188.89 billion baht from these international tourists in one month, or an increase of 11.59% year-on-year.

Meanwhile domestic tourism also generated 956.75 billion baht in cashflow, or  8.38% increase over the previous year.

For the entire year in 2017, tourism generated 2.78 trillion baht to the country, up 10.51%. from previous year.