Thailand has over 20,000 foreign visitors in Oct after gradual reopening
published : 23 Nov 2021 at 14:57
updated: 23 Nov 2021 at 16:16
Thailand welcomed 20,272 foreign tourists in October, up from 1,201 foreign arrivals in the same period a year earlier, government data showed, due to a pilot tourism programme on the islands of Phuket and Samui.
The scheme was launched ahead of the country's wider quarantine-free reopening on Nov 1, aimed at restarting the important tourism sector that has been devastated by the coronavirus pandemic.
In the January-October period, there were 106,117 foreign tourists, but still a sharp drop from 6.7 million recorded in early 2020 before strict entry restrictions were imposed in a bid to curb infections.
The planning agency predicted there would be only 200,000 foreign tourists this year, and 5 million visitors next year. That compared with 40 million foreign arrivals who spent 1.91 trillion baht in 2019.