Thailand's November foreign tourist arrivals up 5.92% year-on-year

Thailand's November foreign tourist arrivals up 5.92% year-on-year

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File photo: Tourists are seen on a beach of Maiton Island in Phuket, Thailand. (Photo: Reuters/Athit Perawongmetha)

BANGKOK: Tourist arrivals in Thailand rose 5.92 per cent in November from a year earlier, after increasing 12.51 per cent in the previous month, the tourism ministry said in a statement on Wednesday (Dec 25).

A total of 3.36 million tourists in November spent 167 billion baht (US$5.54 billion), up 2.98 per cent from a year earlier.

Visitors from China, Thailand's biggest source of tourists, jumped 18.33 per cent in November year-on-year, after October's 27.81 per cent surge, due partly to last year's low comparative figures.

In the January-November period, overall tourist arrivals totalled 35.87 million, up 4.44 per cent from a year earlier.

Foreign tourist receipts make up about 12 per cent of Thailand's gross domestic product (GDP).

Source: Reuters/nc

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