Thailand wants to stimulate its tourism industry and decided to waive all visa fees for tourists who are requested to get a visa. The measure is intended to stimulate not only travel from China but also from another 20 countries during the months of November and December. Rush to book your flight and head to the Kingdom…
The measure has been decided by the Thai Royal Government in a move to revive a sagging travel industry which is now deeply affected by Chinese disaffection for the destination following the Phuket boat tragedy last July. Chinese numbers already plunged by 20% to 30% in the last two months. The situation is further exacerbated by the strength of the Thai Baht compared to the Chinese Yuan.
According to TNA, the plan is to exempt visitors from visa-on-arrival fees during November and December. The initiative was floated by Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak to reassure the Chinese market, which experienced a decline since the July accident of the Phoenix Express Boat. Some travel operators are worried that up to one million Chinese travellers could be discouraged to travel to Thailand over the next six months without strong counter measures to stimulate markets.
The measure will then not only benefit to Chinese travellers but also to citizens from another 20 countries, namely Andorra, Bhutan, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Fiji, India, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, the Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Papua New Guinea, Romania, the Republic of San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.
During the first nine months of 2018, Thailand received 28.5 million international tourists, representing 8.7% year-on-year growth. The government hopes to be able to reach close to 40 million international travellers this year and that Chinese arrivals will finally pass the symbolic mark of 10-million tourists.
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