Top 10 Nationalities to Visit Thailand during 2017

The estimated figures for foreign tourists visiting Thailand during 2017 has just been released and its going to be a record breaking 35 Million visits. So, who is among the Top 10 most popular nationalities to visit Thailand during the year? As expected, China remains the number one source of foreign tourists to the Kingdom with 9.92 Million visits during 2017. This is a +13.23% change year-on-year. The only nation to see a drop is Malaysia (-5.5%). The nation with the biggest year-on-year increase is Russia (+22.95%).

  1. China – 9.92 Million (+13.23%)
  2. Malaysia – 3.30 Million (-5.5%)
  3. Korea – 1.71 Million (+16.49%)
  4. Laos – 1.61 Million (+16.17%)
  5. Japan – 1.57 Million (+9.08%)
  6. India – 1.41 Million (+18.11%)
  7. Russia – 1.34 Million (+22.95%)
  8. USA – 1.06 Million (+8.35%)
  9. Singapore – 1.01 Million (+4.73%)
  10. UK – 1.01 Million (+0.08%)

This second Top 10 list is for tourist expenditure for 2017. As before, these are only estimated figures as the final numbers haven’t been released yet. Not surprisingly, the Chinese are at the top of the list with a combined spending of 531 Billion Baht. This is a +17.14% year-on-year increase.

  1. China – 531 Billion Baht (+17.14%)
  2. Russia – 105 Billion Baht (+28.27%)
  3. Malaysia – 86 Billion Baht (-3.14%)
  4. USA – 78 Billion Baht (+11.75%)
  5. UK – 77 Billion Baht (+2.48%)
  6. Korea – 76 Billion Baht (+19.24%)
  7. Japan – 69 Billion Baht (+11.68%)
  8. Australia – 65 Billion Baht (+4.55%)
  9. India – 62 Billion Baht (+23.01%)
  10. Germany – 57 Billion Baht (+5.42%)

11 thoughts on “Top 10 Nationalities to Visit Thailand during 2017

  • December 26, 2017 at 5:48 pm
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    It would be very interesting to see a similar graph, every 5 years, going back 20 years.

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  • December 26, 2017 at 11:22 pm
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    This proved Malaysia’s economy is getting worse, cannot be denied.

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  • December 26, 2017 at 11:28 pm
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    How about the full list ?

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  • December 27, 2017 at 3:37 am
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    Any parallel ranking of per capita spend by nation in 2017?

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  • December 27, 2017 at 8:35 am
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    I read that that UK tourist to Thailand was down to 440.000 in 2016, official UK figures, I can believe that due to the lack of them here. I think the figures here of over 1million of UK tourists are extremely optimistic

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    • December 27, 2017 at 10:20 am
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      What does official UK figures mean? How can they count them from the UK?

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    • December 28, 2017 at 10:54 pm
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      I guess they take it from the nationality on your arrival card rather than where you fly from. I have British citizenship but live in Germany.

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  • December 27, 2017 at 11:18 am
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    That’s my experience too from what I see from my wife’s tourism-related business. About half are Chinese, the other half from everywhere else. 😉 She likes Chinese a lot by the way, all of them are middle class independently travelling people who are just all round nice people looking for a good holiday; good English for the most part, etc. Spend a lot of money too.. empty suitcases coming in, heavy AF going back. Also spend on interesting trips and tours, performances, etc. Spend on just about anything actually except bars. 😉 So know that Westerners thinking that Chinese don’t spend may base that on their exposure to a very specific area..

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  • December 27, 2017 at 11:19 am
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    China nearly more than the rest combined! As recently as 2009 just 700k visitors came from China.

    I expect more and more tourist infrastructure to be geared towards them going forward. (signage, menu etc) Even if most are low spending package tourists, plenty are not and very wealthy.

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  • December 28, 2017 at 5:58 pm
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    I guess Americans are too busy visiting Mexico to visit Thailand, or going to Tropical places in their eyes like Hawaii. Gr8 Report.

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  • December 28, 2017 at 6:14 pm
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    I think the next big tourist group are going to be the people from India a great nation with 1.3 Billion people, all Thailand needs is a mear 0.15% of them to visit per year and there numbers will explode dramatically over the next 5-6 years time. Indians as a tourist group have increase exponentially over the last 10 years when only a handful came over, today there are over 50 flights out of Bangkok flying to various places in India making Bangkok a easy 3-4 hour flight. What is really amazing is the number of Indian restaurants in Bangkok and Pattaya, on some streets there are more Indian places then Thai restaurants, and the prices of meals at these places is equal in price in some instances to eating at Indian restaurants in the USA.

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