The number represents an increase of 4.27% over the previous year.
“Portugal thus surpasses for the first time the barrier of 50,000 tourists and grows above the European average, which stood at 3.86%, with a total of 6,765,326 tourists,” the entity said in a statement.
The representative of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Rosário Louro, referred in the note to be “very satisfied” since there was an effort to “show the uniqueness and the versatility of the country.”
“We are aware that the distance and lack of direct flights are obstacles with which we have to live permanently, but the Portuguese have well understood our messages and recognize in Thailand an exotic, safe, multifaceted destination that has an extraordinarily affable people and a very competitive price, “they add.
Thailand received more than 38 million tourists last year, with a growth of 7.54% compared to 2017.
About 73% of these visitors come from Asia, 18% from Europe and 9.0% from the rest of the world.
The growth in the number of tourists to this Asian country is expected to continue this year, with Thailand expected to be visited by around 40 million tourists by the end of 2019, of whom seven million will be Europeans.
“Portugal expects to contribute this year with at least 55,000 tourists and maintain the performance of above-average percentage growth,” they said.
In the first two months of this year, Thailand recorded a 7.0% increase in the number of Portuguese tourists, compared to the same period of the previous year.