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Despite bombing, Thailand almost achieved 2015 tourism target

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

bangkok river viewThe Thailand tourism industry which welcomed the 29 millionth visitor on December 23, 2015 has attracted just under 30 million international visitors last year. Thailand Ministry of Tourism and Sports announced the total number of tourist arrivals for 2015.

Thailand attracted a total of 29,881,091 foreign tourists in 2015, representing an increase of 20.4% from the 24.81 million who visited in 2014. Tourism authorities had been forecasting 30 million arrivals for 2015 but the target appeared to be in jeopardy after the Erawan shrine bombings in August, when 20 people including seven foreigners were killed in the heart of Bangkok. Year-on-year growth in arrivals slowed to 8% in September and stalled at 1% in October before resuming a brisk double-digit pace.

Arrivals from China soared 71% last year to 7.93 million, representing 26.5% of all international tourists. From ASEAN countries, Vietnam, Malaysia, Myanmar, and Brunei showed strong performance and growth in arrivals.

However, European arrivals declined 8.6% overall to 5.63 million, including a 45% drop from Russia. Among European countries, Spain, Italy, Germany, France, and Belgium showed satisfactory increase.

Saudi Arabia and Kuwait from Middle East, Nepal, Bangladesh and India from South Asia, Argentina and USA from the Americas showed strong growth. See table below for more details in international arrivals to Thailand in 2015.

January - December 2015  
Nationality 2015 2014 %∆
Number %Share Number %Share 2015/2014
East Asia 19.871.773 66,50 14.603.825 58,86 36,07
ASEAN 7.886.136 26,39 6.641.772 26,77 18,74
Brunei 13.833 0,05 11.285 0,05 22,58
Cambodia 487.487 1,63 550.339 2,22 -11,42
Indonesia 469.226 1,57 497.592 2,01 -5,70
Laos 1.233.138 4,13 1.053.983 4,25 17,00
Malaysia 3.423.397 11,46 2.613.418 10,53 30,99
Myanmar 259.678 0,87 206.794 0,83 25,57
Philippines 310.975 1,04 304.813 1,23 2,02
Singapore 937.311 3,14 844.133 3,40 11,04
Vietnam 751.091 2,51 559.415 2,25 34,26
China 7.934.791 26,55 4.636.298 18,69 71,14
Hong Kong 669.165 2,24 483.131 1,95 38,51
Japan 1.381.690 4,62 1.267.886 5,11 8,98
Korea 1.372.995 4,59 1.122.566 4,52 22,31
Taiwan 552.624 1,85 394.149 1,59 40,21
Others 74.372 0,25 58.023 0,23 28,18
Europe 5.629.122 18,84 6.161.893 24,84 -8,65
Austria 97.806 0,33 100.968 0,41 -3,13
Belgium 106.100 0,36 99.729 0,40 6,39
Denmark 159.425 0,53 160.977 0,65 -0,96
Finland 134.731 0,45 142.425 0,57 -5,40
France 681.097 2,28 635.073 2,56 7,25
Germany 760.604 2,55 715.240 2,88 6,34
Ireland 64.716 0,22 63.038 0,25 2,66
Italy 246.066 0,82 219.895 0,89 11,90
Netherlands 221.657 0,74 211.524 0,85 4,79
Norway 135.347 0,45 145.207 0,59 -6,79
Russia 884.085 2,96 1.606.430 6,48 -44,97
Spain 150.940 0,51 116.983 0,47 29,03
Sweden 321.663 1,08 324.865 1,31 -0,99
Switzerland 206.454 0,69 201.271 0,81 2,58
United Kingdom 946.919 3,17 907.877 3,66 4,30
East Europe 364.967 1,22 370.726 1,49 -1,55
Others 146.545 0,49 139.665 0,56 4,93
The Americas 1.235.095 4,13 1.099.709 4,43 12,31
Argentina 28.965 0,10 21.438 0,09 35,11
Brazil 48.522 0,16 46.378 0,19 4,62
Canada 227.306 0,76 211.059 0,85 7,70
USA 867.520 2,90 763.520 3,08 13,62
Others 62.782 0,21 57.314 0,23 9,54
South Asia 1.403.977 4,70 1.239.183 4,99 13,30
Bangladesh 107.394 0,36 88.134 0,36 21,85
India 1.069.149 3,58 932.603 3,76 14,64
Nepal 32.678 0,11 25.887 0,10 26,23
Pakistan 78.619 0,26 75.398 0,30 4,27
Sri Lanka 75.429 0,25 77.441 0,31 -2,60
Others 40.708 0,14 39.720 0,16 2,49
Oceania 921.355 3,08 942.706 3,80 -2,26
Australia 805.946 2,70 831.854 3,35 -3,11
New Zealand 112.314 0,38 108.081 0,44 3,92
Others 3.095 0,01 2.771 0,01 11,69
Middle East 658.129 2,20 597.892 2,41 10,07
Egypt 25.216 0,08 28.934 0,12 -12,85
Israel 141.021 0,47 138.778 0,56 1,62
Kuwait 66.772 0,22 57.845 0,23 15,43
Saudi Arabia 19.163 0,06 12.860 0,05 49,01
U.A.E. 124.719 0,42 117.907 0,48 5,78
Others 281.238 0,94 241.568 0,97 16,42
Africa 161.640 0,54 164.475 0,66 -1,72
S.Africa 75.825 0,25 72.941 0,29 3,95
Others 85.815 0,29 91.534 0,37 -6,25
Grand Total 29.881.091 100,00 24.809.683 100,00 20,44
Source of   Data : Immigration Bureau,Royal Thai Police.      
Note : Primary Data          
Last Updated : 22/01/2016 14.00 PM        
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