This photo taken on December 8, 2022 shows tourists walking past the recently opened Plantopia complex on the popular tourist street Khaosan Road in Bangkok. (LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)
BANGKOK – Thailand received 11.15 million foreign visitors in 2022, a surge from just about 428,000 the previous year when broad travel curbs were in place, tourism ministry data showed on Tuesday.
The figures, which beat the government's target, reflect a solid turnaround as Thailand's tries to revive its important tourism industry, which bore the brunt of its strict entry and quarantine policies during the pandemic.
In December, there were 2.24 million foreign tourists, compared with 230,497 in the same period a year earlier.
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In December, there were 2.24 million foreign tourists, compared with 230,497 in the same period a year earlier
Pre-pandemic 2019 saw a record of nearly 40 million foreign tourists for the full year.
Malaysia, India and Singapore were Thailand's top three source markets last year, the ministry said.
In 2023, the government is expecting 25 million international visitors, including at least five million from China, Thailand's biggest source market before the pandemic.
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China's reopening is expected to further boost Thailand's vital tourism, which before the pandemic accounted for about 12 percent of gross domestic product in Southeast Asia's second-largest economy.