Thailand Tourism Grows in 2011

Despite floods, tourism numbers are up in 2011 By: Janeen Christoff
Bangkok // © 2012 Tourism Thailand
Bangkok // © 2012 Tourism Thailand

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Figures tabulated by Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports from January to November of last year show total arrivals by nationality of 17,105,283 – up more than 21 percent over the same period in 2010. 

Although the recent floods in Thailand did impact arrivals during the months of October and November, the growth in the January-September 2011 period as well as the post-floods bounceback was high enough to keep arrivals on a positive trend for the entire year.

The following performance analysis by market is based on the figures tabulated so far. In particular, arrivals from the Americas showed a good growth of 12.9 percent to 848,626 with the main market, the U.S., increasing by 11.7 percent to 609,559. Arrivals from both Canada and Brazil showed positive growth of 14.9 percent  and 21.6 percent, respectively.

By the end of 2011, Thailand welcomed a total of more than 19 million international visitors, which represents an annual growth of 20 percent compared to 2010.

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