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Tourist Arrivals Down10.47 Percent From Last Year



BANGKOK – Tourist arrivals for the seven months of this year dropped by 10.47 percent to 13.6 million compared to 14 million for the same period last year largely due to political instability, said Mr Anuparb Kasensuwan, director-general of Tourism Department, on Tuesday.

Revenue from tourism for the same period dropped by 8 percent to 630 billion baht, he said, adding however that he expected tourism would register growth for the first time this year in October with tourist arrivals returning to normal during the fourth quarter due to continuing tourism promotion.

Since the May 22 coup, Mr Anuparb claimed that tourism situation began to improve steadily with 1.9 million arrivals in July alone which represented a drop of 10.92 percent compared to the lowest point of decline at 24.37 percent.

Chinese tourists represented the biggest arrivals during the seven months of this year with 2.2 million arrivals or a decline by 21.19 percent; 1.04 million Malaysians or a drop by 18.91 percent; 1.02 million Russians.

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