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Thailand, which lies in Southeast Asia, is one of the world’s famous tourism destinations. The tourism industry is important for the country’s economy as it contributes about 5% to the Kingdom’s GDP, and experts expect this year to be a good one for growth in the industry. The Tourism Authority of Thailand plans to attract some 14.8 million foreign tourists to Thailand this year, up 8.4 per cent from 2006. Governor of the Tourism Authority Khun Phornsiri Manoharn said that tourism is expected to generate Bt 547 billion in revenue in 2007. Most visitors to the Kingdom of Thailand come from Japan, China and Korea. Europeans come mostly from the United Kingdom. There has also been a rapid growth in the number of Russian tourists coming to the country.