Over 1 million Malaysian tourists have arrived in Thailand this year

Malaysian tourists in Songkhla, photo by Nation Thailand.

Over 1 million Malaysian tourists have made their way to Thailand this year, and officials hope to keep pushing the numbers up. Between January 1 and October 7 this year, 1,041,293 Malaysian tourists arrived in the Land of Smiles.

Malaysian tourists in the kingdom are now venturing to more of Thailand’s provinces than they used to. Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) deputy governor Tanes Petsuwan said Malaysian tourists used to only stay in Songkhla during their holidays to Thailand. But now, they’re also exploring Krabi, Phatthalung, Phuket, Satun, Chiang Mai, and Chiang Rai.

The Malaysian visitors have contributed to about 26.6 billion baht of tourism income to Thailand, the National News Bureau of Thailand reported. TAT now hopes to push the number of Malaysian tourists up to 1.8 million by the end of the year.

The number is expected to jump as Thailand enters the high season, which coincides with the school break in Malaysia. It also coincides with Diwali, Christmas, and New Year’s festivals. Tanes said that TAT will keep holding tourism promotion activities to work toward its goal of 1.8 million Malaysian tourists by the year’s end.

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Last month, TAT said that Malaysians made up Thailand’s biggest tourist group this year. The next three countries with the most tourists were India, Laos, and Cambodia. It was reported that over five million foreign tourists arrived in Thailand between January 1 and September 8. TAT estimated that the number of tourists would reach 10 million, based on advanced flights and hotel bookings for the next three months.

We’ll soon find out if TAT can meet its goals of 1.8 million Malaysian tourists, and a total of 10 million foreign tourists, by the year’s end.

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Tara Abhasakun

A Thai-American dual citizen, Tara has reported news and spoken on a number of human rights and cultural news issues in Thailand. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in history from The College of Wooster. She interned at Southeast Asia Globe, and has written for a number of outlets. Tara reports on a range of Thailand news issues.

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