Tha Kha Floating Market, Samut Songkhram, Thailand (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) - Thailand is approaching its goal of receiving 35 million foreign visitors in 2018, the Thai Ministry of Tourism and Sports announced on December 26.

According to the ministry, Thailand welcomed around 34.4 million foreign tourists in the first 11 months of 2018, up by 7.53 percent over the same period of last year, generating an estimated 1.8 billion THB (54.5 million USD) in tourism revenue, up by 9.79 percent.

Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Yuthasak Supasorn said the target of 35 million visitors is about to come true.

The result is attributed to the cooperation and creativity of the entire Thai travel and tourism industry to ensure that it remains a primary sector for job creation, distribution of income nationwide, and contribution to preserving cultural heritages and the eco-environment, he said.

Visitors from all regions grew well, except the Middle East and Oceania, he noted.

China remains the leading position, with 9.6 million visitors to Thailand in the period, up 7.86 percent. It was followed by Malaysia, the Republic of Korea, Laos and Japan with 3.56 million, 1.62 million, 1.59 million and 1.5 million, respectively.-VNA