(CTN News) – Thailand plans to remove visa requirements for Indian and Taiwanese travelers beginning next month and lasting until May 2024. This strategy intends to increase tourist intake as peak season approaches.
This decision follows the September decision to eliminate visa requirements for Chinese tourists, Thailand’s top tourism market prior to the pandemic, accounting for 11 million of the 39 million arrivals in 2019.
According to government figures, Thailand received 22 million visitors from January to October 29, producing a total revenue of 927.5 billion baht, according to government spokesperson Chai Wacharonke.
“Arrivals from India and Taiwan can enter Thailand for 30 days.” This year, India has brought over 1.2 million visitors to Thailand, ranking fourth after Malaysia, China, and South Korea.
As a growing number of airlines and accommodation chains began to target this market, India’s tourism sector showed tremendous potential. With a target of about 28 million arrivals this year, the new government is counting on the travel sector to offset the slow exports that have been constraining economic growth.
Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) expressed confidence that visitors from Taiwan and India will benefit from visa requirements
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) expressed confidence that visitors from Taiwan and India will benefit from visa waivers if visa-free entrance for mainland Chinese tourists becomes a permanent agreement, as Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin indicated, according to the Bangkok Post.
The 61-year-old Thai prime minister hinted at making the temporary visa exemption for Chinese visitors, which expires on February 29, a permanent feature. On October 19, he conveyed this viewpoint during the signing of a letter of intent between the TAT and eight Chinese enterprises in Beijing.
At the time, PM Srettha led a Thai team to the Belt and Road Forum. In related developments, China and Thailand continue to strengthen their cooperative connections as they celebrate 48 years of diplomatic relations, according to Han Zhiqiang, the Chinese Ambassador to Thailand, in a recent interview.
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