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Why Thailand needs Chinese tourists, waives visa fee in hope of enticing them back

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Why Thailand needs Chinese tourists, waives visa fee in hope of enticing them back

As Thai airlines post substantial losses, in part because of a lack of visitors from China, the Land of Smiles is working hard to tempt more travellers to visit

BY MERCEDES HUTTON

 

 

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Chinese tourists at Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok, Thailand. Picture: Reuters

 

Thailand welcomed 35.4 million international arrivals last year, making it the 10th most visited country in the world, according to United Nations World Tourism Organisation figures. The only Asian destination to outdo it was China (No 4; see below).

 

And all those tourists have given the Land of Smiles plenty to be happy about. Annual research published by the World Travel and Tourism Council found that tourism contributed more than 3.2 trillion baht (US$97 billion), or 21.2 per cent, to Thailand’s GDP last year, while the sector is said to account for 15.5 per cent of employment, a total of 5.8 million jobs.

 

Forecasts for this year predicted a similarly positive outlook across the industry, so why, as the nation’s idyllic islands and beautiful beaches prepare to enter peak season, have officials decided to waive visa-on-arrival fees for tourists from 21 countries for two months from December 1, a move normally considered by countries a little further from the beaten path?

 

Full story: https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/travel/article/2172952/why-thailand-understands-real-value-chinese-tourists

 

-- SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST 2018-11-15

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20 minutes ago, ChrisY1 said:

Many Chinese have already seen Thailand....they want to see other parts of the globe.

Thailand seems to believe that Chinese tourists will keep returning here...which is wrong...now they're going everywhere.....and causing mayhem!!

True, they are flooding Japan and Russia.

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3 hours ago, webfact said:

So why, as the nation’s idyllic islands and beautiful beaches prepare to enter peak season, have officials decided to waive visa-on-arrival fees

Because the islands are far from being idyllic and the beaches are far from being beautiful  -- and then Thais bash the tourists.  Cause - Effect.  China's the canary in the coal mine, and it's a sick little bird.

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4 hours ago, marko kok prong said:

what,no luring,tempting now,they must be getting desparate

"waives visa fee in hope of enticing them back"

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3 hours ago, happy chappie said:

I used to have 3-5 mates come from the uk.now it's down to 1 who come for two months at Xmas and stays with me for a month.this year it's 12 days and he's booked up for Vietnam.the high rolling days are over for Thailand.theyve cocked it up again like they do with most things and it's not a cheap destination anymore.one thing I don't understand is why some countries have to pay for visas and some don't.

On Visa fees: This is usually but not always, a 'reciprocal' arrangement.

China charge most countries, and their fees depend upon the current relationship they share. presently, US citizens pay significantly more to visit China, than most other western countries, and for some unknown reason, you can also be rejected by China for having a Turkish stamp in your passport. So coming back to the question, if your government charges Thais, then Thais MAY charge you for a visa.

Also some countries are charged to discourage their citizens from coming here due to a reputation for excessive criminality, excessive overstaying, etc.

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