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Latest figures released by the World Tourism Organization show Thailand’s tourism is booming like never before – they are up to number three in the world.
The figures – based on revenues from tourism – show that while Thailand lags well behind the USA, the country is catching up on Spain.
And Thailand has beaten out many European heavyweights such as France, Italy and the UK.
The figures will confirm the optimistic views expressed by the tourism authorities in Thailand in recent months and go some way to silencing critics who say the TAT “massage the truth”.
The WTO said Thailand raked in a staggering 49.9 billion US dollars in the 2016-2017 period under review.
Here are the top ten:
1. USA US 205.9 billion
2. Spain 60.3
3. Thailand 49.9
4. China 44.4
5. France 42.5
6. Italy 40.2
7. UK 39.6
8. Germany 37.4
9. Hong Kong 32.9