Thailand has recorded 19 million foreign arrivals so far this year, according to the statement from the Thai tourism ministry on Tuesday.
Based on data gathered from January to September 17, 2023, the arrival of 19 million passengers have generated 795 billion baht in revenue.
The minister said that the tourism situation in Thailand is showing signs of improvement and hoped that the new measure of temporary free visa for Chinese arrivals will give another boost to the outlook and revenue. Meanwhile, the peak season for Thai tourism will begin this week with long weekends in source countries like Malaysia and Japan as well as China in early October.
The government expected to welcome 28 million foreign arrivals this year, which is still below the record level of 39.9 million in 2019 that were largely boosted by Chinese tourists.