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Thailand has over 20,000 foreign visitors in Oct after gradual reopening

BANGKOK - Thailand welcomed 20,272 foreign tourists in October, up from 1,201 foreign arrivals in the same period a year earlier, tourism ministry data https://mots.go.th/more_news_new.php?cid=629 showed on Tuesday, due to a pilot tourism programme on the islands of Phuket and Samui.

Thailand has over 20,000 foreign visitors in Oct after gradual reopening

FILE PHOTO: People enjoy the sunset at a beach in Phuket. Photo: Reuters

BANGKOK - Thailand welcomed 20,272 foreign tourists in October, up from 1,201 foreign arrivals in the same period a year earlier, tourism ministry data https://mots.go.th/more_news_new.php?cid=629 showed on Tuesday, due to a pilot tourism programme on the islands of Phuket and Samui.

The scheme was launched ahead of the Southeast Asian country's wider quarantine-free reopening https://www.reuters.com/business/aerospace-defense/bangkok-welcomes-first-tourists-quarantine-free-holiday-2021-11-01 on Nov. 1, aimed at restarting its 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 ($58 billion) in 2019.

($1 = 33.06 baht) REUTERS

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