Thailand has reported that 13.7 million international arrivals visited
the Kingdom in
Q1 2018, up 13.9% over the same period in 2017.
This impressive growth was led by a 30%
increase in visitor arrivals from China and 17% growth in arrivals
In Q1 2018 an estimated 730.7 billion Baht was
generated in tourism
income, up 17.55% from the same period in 2017.
In April alone,
international visitor arrivals totalled 3,092,725, up by 9.38%
over the same period of 2017. The top ten source markets were
China, Malaysia, Laos, Russia, India, Japan, Korea, Vietnam,
the United States and United Kingdom, respectively.
Key Results for January – April 2018
All regions grew except for the Middle East. Visitors
from East Asia totalled 8,894,642 (+17.50%), Europe 3,006,525
(+9.75%), the Americas 599,431 (+3.55%), South Asia 607,379
(+15.18%), Oceania 296,741 (+0.26%), the Middle East 237,322
(-6.75%), and Africa 59,371 (+7.11%).
East Asia: East Asian
visitor arrivals comprise the biggest market share of all
visitors. A total of 8.89 million or 64.91% were from East Asian
countries. China, Thailand’s top source market, recorded a total
of 4,161,253, up by 30.56%. The other top sources of arrivals were
Malaysia (1.14 million), Korea (617,287) and Japan (552,330).
ASEAN countries generated over 3.02 million arrivals, with
spectacular growth by Cambodia (+25.10%), Laos. (+13.24%), Vietnam (+6.48%), Philippines (+5.77%), Singapore (+4.43%),
Indonesia (+3.73%), and Malaysia (+1.58%). The only declines were
from Brunei (-9.19%) and Myanmar (-3.07%).
visitors showed a good growth rate of 9.75% to 3 million. Russia
retained its status as the largest source market from Europe with
arrivals of 745,398, up 25%. Germany was the second highest source
market with a total of 386,951, up 7.73%, followed by the United
Kingdom 371,054 up 0.44% and France 342,825, up 3.70%. Strong
growth was also reported from East Europe (+13.95%) and Austria
(+18.70%), Denmark (+7.99%), Finland (+7.96%), Italy (+7.68%), the
Netherlands (+7.03%) except Sweden declined by 2.26%.
Americas: Arrivals from the Americas were up 3.55% to 599,431. The
main market, USA, rose by 7% to 396,330. Arrivals from Canada were
up 10.36% to 113,881. Declining source markets from Latin America
included Brazil (20.28%) and Argentina (-25.71%).
Arrivals from South Asia grew by a strong 15.18% to 607,379. India
topped the list with arrivals up by 16.91% to 481,573. Other
source markets, which generated growth in arrivals, included
Bangladesh (+19.37%), Pakistan (+2.74%) and Sri Lanka (+1.27%). Only Nepal was down -0.42%.
Oceania: Arrivals from Oceania grew
by 0.26% to 296,741 visitors. Australian visitors were up 0.03% to
261,496. Arrivals from New Zealand were up 1.82% to 34,133.
Middle East: Arrivals declined by 6.75% to 237,322. Declining
source markets included the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. However,
some source markets were up, such as, Kuwait (+7.67% to 22,089).
Africa: Arrivals from Africa grew by 7.11% to 59,371.