International tourist arrivals to Thailand rise by 24.75 per cent
The number of international tourist arrivals to Thailand between January and October this year has increased by 24.75 per cent. According to data from the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, 24,364,667 travellers visited the country during this period with China, Malaysia and Japan as major source markets.
Thailand has recorded 24,364,667 international visitors during the first ten months of 2016.
According to data released by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, visitor arrivals between January and October, 2016 increased by 24.75 per cent, compared to the 19,531,084 visitors during the same period last year.
Wannasiri Morakul, the Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, said that tourist arrivals in Thailand by the end of 2015 are expected to surpass 28 million.
"China, Malaysia and Japan were major source markets during the period...another 5.2 million visits are expected over the remaining two months of the year, which will drive Thailand's tourism to around 29.5 million visits exceeding the year-end target."
Explained Wannasiri, he also commented that the increased numbers were helped by the Thai government's efforts to encourage tourists through various international campaigns, including the campaign "2015 Discover Thainess", which highlighted the country's culture and lifestyle.
The campaign also promoted the 12 hidden gem destinations: Lampang, Nan, Phetchaburi, Loei, Buri Ram, Ratchaburi, Samut Songkhram, Chanthaburi, Trat, Chumphon, Trang and Nakhon Si Thammarat.
Next year, the "don't miss" destinations in Thailand will include Lamphun, Phrae, Phitsanulok, Chaiyaphum, Surin, Suphanburi, Nakhon Pathom, Sa Kaeo, Rayong, Ranong, Satun and Phattalung.
Thailand is one of the world's most popular tourist destinations thanks to its diverse tourism offerings that range from ancient temples, magnificent beaches and islands, thriving rainforests, bustling vibrant cities, and laidback locals and lifestyle.
The country offers hundreds of diving sites and marine parks boasting colourful coral and an array of marine species spread across over 3,000 km of picturesque coastline.
Some of the nation's most popular destination include Bangkok, the capital with its Emerald Buddha temple, vibrant nightlife, and floating markets on canals; Phuket, an island with rainforests and mountains, and an array of upscale beachfront hotels and resorts; Ko Phi, a small archipelago in Southern Thailand with pristine beaches and turquoise waters; and Koh Phangan, which is famous for its annual Full Moon Party.
Talk to a specialist
Call 020 7644 1770 to speak with our award-winning travel consultants.
Opening hours 09:00 - 21:00 GMT
Popular Holidays In Thailand Browse all
Make memories that will last a lifetime on the tropical island of Phuket with this beautiful beachside resort
- Book 8 night stay and receive 60 minute morning spa treatment per person per stay
- One dinner per person per stay
- Offering an amazing pool experience from poolside bar and kids pool with waterslide to a vast blue lagoon
- Family friendly resort with an impressive pool side restaurant and food to match
- Next to popular Karon beach and within easy reach of lively Patong
With stunning beaches and a peaceful atmosphere, a memorable experience is guaranteed
- Located just 150 metres from one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Ao Nang and Nopparat Thara
- Indulge in a free upgrade from Superior garden to deluxe garden room
- Relax in the beautifully tendered tropical gardens
Reconnect with yourself and leave your inhibitions behind at Crest Resort and Pool Villas
- Luxury wellness spa on site offering an array of holistic treatments and massages
- Tranquil eco-friendly resort
- Perfect location with stunning views and within easy reach of buzzing Patong
Soak in the vitamin D with a stay on the popular Patong Beach and enjoy a completely stress free holiday
- Spacious sea-facing rooms
- Within a few minutes of buzzing Patong
- Daily breakfast and transfers included
Soak in the vitamin D on Phuket’s sun-kissed coastline with a stay the Rawai Palm Beach Resort, a matter of steps from...
Situated on the sea front, Kantary Bay Phuket offers breathtaking views over the calm tranquil waters of the Andaman...
This family friendly resort is perfectly situated on the picturesque tropical white sands of the Andaman Sea. On...
Discover the vibrant city of Bangkok with a stay at the Century Park Hotel. Offering an ideal location close to the...
A stylish new hotel with families in mind, the Centra by Centara Maris Resort Jomtien makes an ideal base to explore all...
The glamour and style of the Mode Sathorn Hotel is evident as soon as you see the edgy exterior standing out from the...