Thai tourism receipts jump 31 percent


Quality and quantity of visitor arrivals into Thailand has improved, according to the country’s tourism bureau after experiencing a 31 percent increase in tourism receipts in 2011 over 2010.

A report released by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports found that total earnings jumped to 776 billion baht last year, a jump from 716 billion baht in 2010.

According to stats, the growth was ushered up alongside visitors arrivals, with landed at 19.23 million international visitors last year, up 20.67 percent on 2011.

East Asia recorded the largest increase in tourism receipts for the year of 39.40 percent followed closely by South East Asia, Oceania and Asia.

The lowest spend was by Laotians with up to US$101.99 and Germans with US$115.46.

Meanwhile earlier this month, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said travellers from China drove tourism growth during the first half of 2012 with a 30 percent rise in arrivals compared to the same period during 2011.

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Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J
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