09 Feb '11, 12pm

Thailand foreign tourist arrivals up 11.6% in Jan

Thailand foreign tourist arrivals up 11.6% in Jan

A tourist rests at the beach of Pattaya. Thailand foreign tourist arrivals rose more than 11 per cent in January from a year earlier to 1.79 million. -- REUTERS BANGKOK - THAILAND foreign tourist arrivals rose more than 11 per cent in January from a year earlier to 1.79 million, according to Thailand's tourism ministry's website. The country managed to lure foreign tourists after a slump in arrivals during political unrest in Bangkok in April and May last year. The Bank of Thailand said the industry, which accounts for about 6 per cent of the country's GDP, had recovered since the second half of 2010, at a faster rate than was expected. In 2010, foreign arrivals to the 'Land of Smiles' rose 12 per cent to 15.9 million. Of that 51 per cent are from East Asia, led by Malaysia, China and Japan, 27 per cent from Europe and 5 per cent from North and South America, it said. Acco...

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