BANGKOK May 16 International tourist arrivals
in Thailand rose about 7 percent 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 percent
from the same period a year earlier, the ministry said.
Tourism accounts for 12 percent of Thailand's economic
output, and has been a rare bright spot for Southeast Asia's
second-largest economy, whose growth has lagged its peers in
(Reporting by Kitiphong Thaichareon; Writing by Orathai
Sriring; Editing by Richard Borsuk)