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New air routes contribute to Thailand tourism boom


New air routes contribute to Thailand tourism boom

Thailand welcomed over 28.8 million international visitors from January to October 2017, generating 1.47 trillion Baht (approximately $57.5 billion CAD) in tourism revenue.

The precise number of overseas tourists for the 10 months of January to October was 28,824,753, an increase of 6.69 per cent over the same period of 2016. Tourism revenue generated was 1,472,698.81 Baht, up 9.31 percent over the 2016 period.

For the month of October 2017, the number of foreign tourists jumped 20.92 percent over October 2016 to 2,723,971. Tourism revenue for October 2017 also rose significantly, up 24.38 percent to a little over 142.63 billion Baht.

Among the main reasons cited for the increase in tourism by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports was the International Civil Aviation Organization’s lifting of the red flag imposed on Thailand since 2015, over significant safety concerns in its aviation sector.

In addition, Thai Airways International launched a new four times weekly direct Bangkok-Vienna route in November and NewGen Airways introduced new flights from Nakhon Ratchasima to Chiang Mai and Phuket, among several new routes and increased flight frequencies by both Thai and international carriers.

Among source markets, Southeast Asia stood out with 29.38 percent growth in tourists sent to Thailand during October. The top 10 individual markets were China, Malaysia, Laos, South Korea, India, Japan, Russia, Cambodia, the US and UK.

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