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Thailand arrivals climb despite setbacks


7/23/2010

Published on Jul 23, 2010

Tourist arrivals to Thailand climbed 13.7% in the first half of 2010, despite the sharp declines experienced during the political crisis in the months of May and June 2010. Figures released yesterday by the country’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports showed that international arrivals totalled more than 7.5 million in the Januray-June 2010 period - up from 6.6 million in the same period last year. While the arrivals figures reflect the poor first half of 2009, when the world was in the depths of the global economic crisis, it also reflects the fact that while arrivals to Bangkok have been significantly affected, arrivals to Phuket remained relatively buoyant. Of the 7.5 million arrivals in January-June 2010, a total of 3.7 million were from the East Asia region. Malaysia topped the list, followed by Japan, China and Korea. European arrivals totalled 2.3 million, with the UK remaining the largest European source market, with a total of 412,000 visitors.

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