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BANGKOK: Thailand welcomed one million Chinese tourists from January to May 18 after China’s borders reopened, a government official said on Sunday (May 28).

Government spokesperson Anucha Burapachaisiri said in a statement that the number of Chinese tourists this year will reach the target of 5 million, with spending of 446 billion baht (US$13.18 billion). said to expect.

About 274,000 Chinese tourists visited the Southeast Asian country last year, compared with 11 million in 2019 before the pandemic, or about 28% of the total.

The government announced earlier that the total number of foreign tourist arrivals from January to mid-May was 9.47 million, compared to 11.15 million in 2022 as a whole.

Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy beat expectations in the first quarter, driven by a continued recovery in the vital tourism sector, a key source of employment devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic. grew at a faster pace. Thailand says 1 million Chinese tourists visited from January to mid-May

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