Tourist Arrivals to Thailand by Nationality in 2017
The number of tourist arrivals in Thailand, with some hiccups, has steadily increased over the last two decades. Arrivals increased from 10,8 million in 2002 to 14,5 million and 2007, and more than doubled in a decade to 22,35 million in 2012. In 2013 arrivals jumped to 26,55 million, while 2014 saw a decrease in visitors to 24.78 million. 2015 saw another leap in arrivals up to 29,88 million visitors. After the 5 million+ increase in 2015, 2016 saw further, but less prominent increase in arrivals to 32,58 million.
2017 saw the arrival of 35,381,210 tourists.
From 2012 onwards, China has been taking the top spot as far as providing tourists to Thailand, now way ahead of Malaysia in second place.
Japan, South Korea, and India provide more than a million visitors to Thailand each year. Russia did so in 2014, but not in 2015. However, in 2016 arrivals from Russia again passed the 1 million mark and further jumped to 1,346,219 in 2017 (+23.50%).
Changes from 2016 to 2017 :
No 'dramatic' events occurred. Most regions and countries provided more visitors inline with the overall increase in arrivals (+8.77 %) from 32,529,588 to 35,381,210 .
Asean : from 8,585 to 9,120 million. Here visitors from Cambodia (+26.59 %), Laos (+16.18%) , Vietnam (+12.56%) and Philippines (+12.31%) saw the largest increase. Interestingly, the numver of visitors from Malaysia decreased slightly by 4.01%.
East Asia : from 13,01 to 14,522 million (+11.62 %). The bulk of arrivals here was from China with arrivals increasing from 8,76 to 9,806 million (+11.97 %). End 2016 to begin 2017 there was some decrease in arrivals from China due to a problem with so-called zero-dollar tours. These tours ship visitors into Thailand at very cheap rates. However, customers are then enticed to go shopping at affiliated businesses, often at inflated prices. This likely creates hardship for a number of tourists. This problem seems to have been resolved during 2017 to a great extent. Korea also offered a substantial increase in visitors (+16.72%).
Europe : from 6,175 to 6,511 million (+5.45 %). Here the most prominent increase was by Russia with visitors increasing from 1,090 million to 1,346 million (+23.50 %). In number of visitors Russia is now clearly the most important country for Thailand's tourism industry.
Americas : from 1,407 to 1,542 million (+9.53 %)
South Asia : from 1,524 to 1,770 million (+16.19 %)
Oceania : from 911 thousand to 939 thousand (+3.05 % %)
Middle East : from 747 thousand to 790 thousand (+5.70 %)
Africa : from 172 thousand to 187 thousand (+8.77 %)
Source : Ministry of Tourism and Sports (latest updates often only available at Thai language section)