Four million foreign travellers have passed through Thailand’s arrival turnstiles since the start of the year up to August 16.
The Tourism Authority Governor Yuthasak Supasorn says 4,015,504 foreign “tourists” visited the country up to August 16 this year. He was incorrect asserting all the arrivals were tourists as an estimated 15 – 20% are Thais and travellers entering Thailand for family and business reasons.
The first half of August counted an average of 42,000 international arrivals each day.
“The tourism sector has recovered to a great extent after the government eased several Covid-19 prevention measures, including removing the Thailand Pass entry system from July 1.”
“The TAT expects the number of foreign tourists to reach 4.5 million on August 31.”
“Thailand aims to attract an overall 10 million tourists this year, with more than 1 million per month in August and September and 1.5 million per month in the fourth quarter.”
The TAT also estimates 160 million domestic trips by Thai travellers in 2022.
From January 1 – August 16, the following five countries contributed the highest number of arrivals in Thailand.
Malaysia – 526,051 (many of these through the southern land borders)
India – 395,025
Laos – 218,043 (mostly across the north-eastern land borders)
Singapore – 213,523
UK – 193,003
The top five entry points into Thailand by the 4 million travellers were Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK), Phuket International Airport (HKT), Don Mueang International Airport (DMK), the Sadao border crossing in Songkhla, and the Nong Khai border crossing.