Throughout January 1 to 21 this year, Thailand has booked 1.34 million of foreign tourists, according to Traisuree Taisaranakul, government spokesperson.
Traisunee also added that top five origins that arrived in Thailand are Russia, Malaysia, South Korea, Laos and India.
Earlier this morning, Thailand’s finance ministry reiterated its 3.8% growth forecast for 2023, backed by a recovery in tourism and domestic consumption, although an official warned that exports would decline this year.
Thailand’s economic recovery has lagged behind that of other South-east Asian countries, with the key tourism sector only just beginning to recover last year, with 11.15 million international visitors.
With China’s reopening, Pornchai Thiraveja, head of the ministry’s fiscal policy office, estimates that Thailand will see 27.5 million foreign tourists this year, up from 21.5 projected earlier.