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More Than 2 Million Tourists Have Rushed to Thailand This Year

Foreign tourists wait outside a hotel along the popular Khaosan Road in Bangkok.
Foreign tourists wait outside a hotel along the popular Khaosan Road in Bangkok.Photographer: Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP/Getty Images

Indians and Malaysians are leading a tourist rush to Thailand after it relaxed entry rules, with total arrivals topping 2 million since the start of the year and providing a fillip to the Southeast Asian nation’s sluggish economy.

Foreign tourist arrivals totaled 2.03 million between Jan. 1 and June 26, deputy government spokeswoman Traisuree Taisaranakul said in a statement on Monday. Travelers from India, Malaysia, the UK, Singapore and the US topped the list, she said.