Thailand’s economic recovery has boosted the tourism industry in the country by a third, new figures show.
The Tourism Board of Thailand (TBTH) said on Tuesday that its new survey showed that the number of tourists visiting the country rose by 10.7% from a year ago to 9,064,917.
The growth was partly driven by the tourism boom after the coronivirus pandemic.
The number of visitors also increased by 2.6% to 5,919,938.
In addition, there were 4.6 million tourists in the previous 12 months, up by 0.6%.
The increase was mostly driven by tourism to major tourist attractions in the south and central provinces, which saw an average of 10,000 visitors per day, the TBTH said.
However, the increase in tourism also came at a time when the economy in the rest of Thailand has been slowing, with the number on the back of the death toll from the coronovirus at over 8,000.
A total of 9,965,717 tourists visited Thailand last year, a decrease of 6.3% from the previous year.
The government is now focusing on building the economy and reducing the country’s reliance on tourism to help it recover from the pandemic, which has been blamed on high-risk travellers.
The economic downturn in Thailand has seen a rise in corruption, especially in the tourism sector.
The government has also announced a crackdown on graft, but some have criticised the move, saying that it has not been enough.
A recent report by the International Chamber of Commerce in Thailand, however, suggested that the crackdown may not have had a major impact on the country.
The TBTH has also said that the growth in tourism in the next six months will continue to grow.
The survey also showed that a new tourism growth rate of 9.7%, which is up from 8.5% in the second half of 2017, is possible.