Global context

International tourism expenditure (US$bn)9.6
Global rank for international tourism expenditure33
Number of outbound visits (m)10
Most visited destinationMalaysia
Most visited destination in Western EuropeSwitzerland

Key demographic and economic data

Population (m)69.2
GDP per capita PPP (US$)16,608
Annual average GDP growth over past decade (%)3.3
Annual average GDP growth in the past year (%)4.4

Inbound visits to Britain

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Access to Britain from Thailand

Weekly aircraft departures29
Weekly seat capacity10,375
Airports with direct routes in Thailand2
Airports with direct routes in Britain3
  • There are 29 direct, non-stopping flight departures to Britain a week, with a total capacity of 10,375 seats a week*
  • Two airports in Thailand, in Bangkok and Phuket, usually serve three British airports all year long; in 2017 there were also two additional flights from Krabi to London Gatwick, and four flights from Phuket to Birmingham*
  • The current rate of Air Passenger Duty for visitors departing Britain for Thailand is £78


*2017 data