Date: Jan 02, 2017
By: Staff writer, with CNA
The number of tourists from Australia, New Zealand and Southeast and South Asian nations in November last year rose 23 percent from a year earlier, which the Cabinet attributed to the government’s “new southbound policy.”
The Cabinet on Friday said that 195,419 tourists came in November last year from the 18 nations targeted by the policy.
The number of tourists from all the nations targeted by the policy, except Nepal, increased in the month, with arrivals from Cambodia, Bangladesh, Thailand and Vietnam increasing by more than 90 percent from a year earlier, the Cabinet said.
From January to November last year, the number of tourists coming from Cambodia rose 85.4 percent annually to 3,111; arrivals from Thailand grew 52.1 percent to 164,021; tourists from Brunei rose 51.2 percent to 3,795; and visitors from India grew 38.2 percent to 30,986, the Cabinet said. [FULL STORY]