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Tourism Ministry says foreign tourism up nearly 5% in July, big increase in Chinese arrivals

Thailand saw a rise of 4.72% in July from a year earlier, after rising 0.89% in tourist arrivals in June, the tourism ministry said in an official statement on Tuesday.

* The 3.33 million tourists in July spent about 167.3 billion baht ($5.47 billion), up 3.11% from a year earlier.

* Visitors from China, Thailand’s biggest source of tourists, rose 5.81% in July from a year earlier, after dropping 7.1% in June.

The tourism ministry did not go into detail about the report and how the numbers were reached. Comments on social media were largely skeptical about the report.