Thailand’s tourist arrivals exceed 22 million

Thailand's tourist arrivals exceed 22 million for first time

Thailand achieved record-breaking visitor arrival numbers in 2012, crossing the 22 million mark for the first ever time.

According to the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, 22.3 foreigners visited Thailand in 2012, led by Chinese (2.7 million), Malaysians (2.5 million), Russians (1.3 million), Japanese (1.3 million), Koreans (1.1 million), British (870,164) and Germans (681,566).

Tourism is Thailand’s leading source of foreign exchange. The Tourism Authority projects 24.5 million tourists in 2013.