More than five million foreign tourists arrived in Thailand within nine months, former government spokesperson reveals

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Thailand has welcomed more than five million foreign tourists during the past nine months after the full country reopening, Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana revealed on Wednesday, September 14th.

The former government spokesperson told the Associated Press that from January 1st – September 8th, a total of 5,018,172 foreigners had traveled to the Kingdom. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) also estimated that the number would reach 10 million, according to the advanced flights and hotel bookings for the next three months.

According to the TAT, the top five arrivals were from Malaysia with 751,397 travelers, followed by India (480,825 people), Lao PDR (310,464 people), and Cambodia (249,084 people). A record of 2,772,883 foreigners had entered the country through Suvarnabhumi International Airport while 749,567 foreigners had through Phuket International Airport.

The Member of the House of Representatives also praised Prime Minister Prayut’s tourism policies, including Phuket Sandbox and Samui Plus, which resulted in the fast recovery of Thai tourism within nine months, making Thailand a role model in welcoming tourists with safe tourism.

“It’s hardly undeniable that today’s success comes from the vision of General Prayut Chan-O’-Cha who is courageous and decisive in gradually opening the country. So, today, we have a large amount of income from tourism to stimulate the Thai economy and, most importantly, generate income for local people,” Thanakorn added.


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National News Writer at The Pattaya News from September 2020 to October, 2022. Born and raised in Bangkok, Nop enjoys telling stories of her hometown through her words and pictures. Her educational experience in the United States and her passion for journalism have shaped her genuine interests in society, politics, education, culture, and art.