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Thailand November tourist arrivals up 23.2 pct: ministry

Mon, Dec. 25, 2017
BANGKOK - 25 December 2017: Thailand welcomed 3 million foreign tourists in November, the tourism ministry said on Monday, 23.2 percent more than the same month a year earlier.

The kingdom saw a total of 31.85 million foreign tourist arrivals in the period from January to November, up 8.1 percent from the previous year, Pongpanu Svetarundra, permanent-secretary of the tourism and sports ministry, said in a statement.

Pongpanu said Thailand expects a record 35.4 million visitors in total this year, up 9 percent from the previous year.

Around 10 million of those visitors are expected to be Chinese, he said.

Thailand's tourism industry is a major employer and accounts for 12 percent of Southeast Asia's second-biggest economy.

In 2016, there were a record 32.6 million visitors.

The tourism sector has weathered more than a decade of political upheavals in Thailand including several rounds of anti and pro-government street demonstrations and two military coups.

Tourist arrivals are driven by visitors from China.
 
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