More visa waivers, events to lift tourism revenue

By TIN Media | Asean News Published 7 months ago on 20 November 2023
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Tourism-oriented to get tourists to stay longer and spend more money, Thailand is planning hundreds of cultural and sporting events and may abolish visa restrictions for visitors from more European nations.

In an interview on Thursday, Prommin Lertsuridej, a senior advisor to Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin, stated that the country in Southeast Asia is debating a proposal to let visitors of various European nationalities stay for up to ninety days.

To attract tourists, he added, there will be over 3,000 activities planned through the end of the following year.

Since taking office as prime minister in August, Srettha has cited tourism as a "quick win" to boost Thailand's economy.

To shorten visitor wait times, his administration has ordered airlines to expand their network and streamline airport operations. It has also temporarily lifted the visa restrictions for travelers from Russia, China, Kazakhstan, India, and Taiwan.

Additionally, it intends to start allowing nightclubs to stay open until 4 am starting next month in a few locations in Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai, and Chonburi.

Thailand has reversed most of the travel restrictions imposed during the epidemic, but average traveler spending has not kept up with pre-COVID-19 levels.

Nearly 40 million foreign visitors made history in the nation in 2019, bringing in 1.91 trillion baht.

Thailand had received 23.2 million foreign visitors as of November 12 of this year, bringing in 981.7 billion baht (RM129.7bil).


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