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Thailand's April tourist arrivals up 7% - ministry

A picture made available on 14 May 2017 shows tourists posing for a souvenir photograph as they visit Khao Tapu (R), an area part of the Ao Phang Nga National Park in Phang Nga, on May 11. (EPA photo)

International tourist arrivals in Thailand rose about 7% in April from a year earlier, led by visitors from China, Malaysia, Russia and Japan, the tourism and sports ministry said on Tuesday.

Foreign arrivals were 2.83 million in April and about 12 million in the first four months of this year, up 2.9% from the same period a year earlier, the ministry said.

Tourism accounts for 12% of Thailand's economic output.

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