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Thailand’s Tourist Arrivals Suffer a Rare Drop

  • Both the number of visitors and foreign tourist spending drop
  • Tourism sector is key and accounts for about fifth of economy
Visitors take photographs next to a statue outside Singha Park in Chiang Rai.

Visitors take photographs next to a statue outside Singha Park in Chiang Rai.

Photographer: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

Thailand suffered a rare combined drop in tourist arrivals and spending in March, signaling a rocky first quarter for Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy.

The number of visitors fell 0.7 percent from a year ago to 3.5 million, official figures out Friday and data compiled by Bloomberg show. Foreign tourism receipts slid 1.3 percent to 184.5 billion baht ($5.8 billion).