The Jakarta Post
Foreign tourists participate in the Ngedeblag parade in Kemenuh village, Gianyar regency, Bali. (JP/Zul Trio Anggono)
Thailand reportedly welcomed 12.01 million foreign tourists in the first quarter of 2017, a slight increase of 2.91 percent from the same period last year, according to data from the Thailand Ministry of Tourism and Sports.
In April, the country greeted 2.82 million foreign tourists, an increase of 6.97 percent from 2016, which saw an influx of 2.64 million tourists.
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Interestingly, Thailand recorded a smaller number of Chinese tourists in the first quarter of 2017. The Chinese segment fell by 7.5 percent.
More Russian tourists reportedly visited the country. The ministry states that 595,618 Russians visited the country in the first quarter of 2017, compared to 443,346 visitors during the same period the year before.
Tourist numbers from India also increased, from 94,012 to 107,451.
Thailand wants to attract at least 60 million foreign visitors by 2030.
Meanwhile, data from the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) shows that Indonesia welcomed 4.2 million foreign tourists in the January – April 2017 period, an increase of 19.34 percent from last year's figure.
In April, the number of foreign visitors reached 1.14 million, a 26.75 percent increase from April last year.
In terms of Chinese tourists, the archipelago greeted 165,400 visitors throughout April, also up from last year's number of 110,270.
As for tourists from India, some 40,890 visited the archipelago in April 2017, compared to 31,030 during the same month last year. (kes)