Thailand’s international tourist arrivals reached the 21-million mark yesterday and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) now aims to achieve 24.5 million next year.

International tourist arrivals, according to TAT, have increased 15 per cent from last year and earned the country more than 965 billion baht (US$31.5 billion), a 24-per-cent rise from last year.

Among the top-10 source countries for international visitors, China stays at the top, followed by Malaysia, Japan, Russia, South Korea, India, Laos, Australia, the United Kingdom and Singapore, according to the TAT.