April 18, 2018 / 6:06 AM / a month ago

Thai March tourist arrivals up 16.27 pct y/y - tourism ministry

BANGKOK, April 18 (Reuters) - Tourist arrivals in Thailand surged 16.27 percent in March from a year earlier, led by visitors from China, the tourism ministry said on Wednesday.

Thailand welcomed 3.5 million foreign visitors last month, the ministry said in a press release.

Tourism accounts for around 12 percent of Thailand’s gross domestic product. The country expects to see a record 37.6 million tourists this year. (Reporting by Kitiphong Thaicharoen Editing by Amy Sawitta Lefevre and Sherry Jacob-Phillips)

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