Bangkok. According to Thailand's Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the country welcomed 12 million international visitors in the first quarter of 2017, almost 3 percent more than in the same period last year.
In April, nearly 3 million foreign visitors came to Thailand — a 7 percent increase from 2016.
While the country recorded 7.5 percent less Chinese tourists in the first four months of the year, it saw an increase in the number of Russian visitors to 595,618 from 443,346 a year earlier. The number of Indian tourists in the first quarter also increased from 94,012 to 107,451.
Thailand seeks to welcome at least 60 million international visitors by 2030.
The number of foreign tourists rose even more in Indonesia. According to data from the Central Statistics Agency (BPS), 4.2 million foreigners visited the country in the first quarter, which is 19.34 percent more compared to last year's figure.
In April alone, the number of foreign visitors reached 1.14 million — an almost 27 percent increase from April 2016. Among them, 165,400 came from China, an increase from 110,270 last year. The number of Indian visitors rose to 40,890 from 31,030.