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Thailand welcomed over 2 million international arrivals in January

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The rebound in foreign tourism continues for Thailand, with the kingdom welcoming over 2 million foreign arrivals in January. The latest data shows that 2.14 million international travellers came to Thailand in the first month of the year. According to a National News Bureau of Thailand report, most came from neighbouring countries, including Malaysia, Laos, and China.

The latest figures are welcome news and an indication that things are looking up for the economy after it was ravaged by the Covid-19 pandemic. The tourism sector accounts for around 11-15% of the Thai economy, making it a significant contributor.

According to the NNBT report, Thailand’s offerings such as beaches, great food and unique culture have proved a big draw with foreign tourists.

The tourism ministry has welcomed the latest figures, pointing out that international travellers see Thailand as a safe destination where they are made to feel welcome. Officials now hope to promote Thai tourism further, by emphasising its diverse attractions and by investing in infrastructure improvements.

The ministry has also emphasised that tourist safety remains a top priority and that the kingdom has strict measures in place to protect the health and security of visitors.

The surge of visitors in January was fuelled by good Christmas and New Year traffic and Chinese New Year falling in January this year.

SOURCE: National News Bureau of Thailand

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