(Yicai Global) Oct. 19 -- Thailand received 26.1 million foreign visitors in the first three quarters, posting growth seven months in a row from March. They generated USD40.1 billion (THB1.33 trillion) of tourism revenue in the country, up 7.9 percent from the same period last year, data from Thailand's Ministry of Tourism and Sports show.
Most of the travelers were from China, and Chinese visitors bought in the bulk of the country's tourism income, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
In the first nine months of this year, 7,393,900 Chinese went to Thailand, accounting for nearly 30 percent of foreign visitors to the country. Chinese tourists contributed USD11.79 billion (THB390.91 billion) to the country's tourism revenue, nearly 30 percent of Thailand's earnings from foreign tourists.