Thailand is all set to bring back Visa-free travel as a part of their tourism promotion strategy. The prime focus on India and China,since they draw in a large number of tourists every year. The proposal is an urgent consideration.
Thailand Minister of Tourism and Sports-Pipat Ratchakitprakarn said that visa-free travel for Indians and Chinese will likely be introduced in this year. Currently, India and China both are liable to apply for a visa on arrival,except that service fee has been waived off until October. Ratchakitprakarn stated that in order to bring a change in the tourism circuit, the proposal for adding the two countries for visa-free entry for a stay of 14 days in Thailand is being pushed to get sanctioned by as early as November 1,2019.
As per sources and reports, the project is likely to be introduced as a pilot project for a year wherein both India and China will be offered visa-free entry.
The revenue target for Thailand has been set at TBH 3.4 trillion for the tourism sector including domestic tourism as well. It is estimated that the revenue generated from international tourists will likely reach around TBH 2.2 trillion, while tourist inflow is estimated to go beyond 40.5 million.
It is stated that the Chinese market may still be able to bring a footfall of as many as 11 million tourists this year. In 2018, tourist arrivals from India roughly touched 1.5 million, becoming the sixth-largest source of visitors, the inflow rate saw an exceptional rise of 27 percent over 2017.
This move is being processed in the interest of generating more tourism revenue, thereby inverting the rate of a downfall in tourism growth.
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