The number of visitors arriving in Thailand is up 25% over the first five months of 2015.
Between January and May 2015 the number of foreign visitors arrived in Thailand totaled 12.4 million, an increase of 25% compared to the same period in 2014.
A good performance in perspective
A quite spectacular performance, but in perspective by the fact that the first five months of 2014 were marked by serious political unrest in the form of demonstrations and attacks in Bangkok.
Extrapolating the current trend, Thailand is on track to meet the goal of 28 million visitors in 2015.
By region, strong growth was recorded in arrivals from East Asia, South Asia, Middle East and America.
Only the European market declined, mainly due to lower arrivals from Russia.
Growth driven by China
According to the latest figures released by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the top five source markets from January to May 2015 were China (3,273,695), Malaysia (1,397,241), Japan (575,186) Korea (546 520) and Laos (459 225).
The Ministry of Tourism and Sports has reported that arrivals from January to May 2015 generated a total of 592.9 billion baht in tourism revenue, an increase of 25.13% compared to the same period in 2014.
During the month of May alone, Thailand welcomed 2,309,250 tourists, an increase of 38.21% compared to May 2014 and 18.79% compared with May 2013.
The Ministry of Tourism has projected that total tourism revenue is expected to reach the 2015 target of 2.2 billion baht, including 1.4 billion baht from international tourism and 800 million baht of domestic tourism.
The highest revenues were generated by travel there by travelers from Israel, who spent an average of 84,995 baht per person per stay t (2230 euros), followed by Sweden (78 177 baht / person / stay), Canada (78,010 baht / person / stay), Switzerland (75,893 baht / person / stay), and Brazil (75,533 baht / person / trip).
During the period January-April 2015, the most visited provinces were Bangkok (18,137,860), followed by Nakhon Ratchasima (5,481,327), Phuket (5,337,616), Chon Buri (4,862,017) and Chiang Mai (2771407).