Benefits of free visas for tourists surge

Benefits of free visas for tourists surge

According to the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, Thailand currently has a cumulative number of tourists from 1 January – 4 February 2024, totaling 3,513,155 people, with the top 5 highest number of tourists being China 617,578 people, Malaysia 377,383 people, Russia 249,377 people, South Korea 247,915 people, and India 187,570 people, and it is expected that There has been an increase in the number of foreign tourists arriving. There is a factor from leaving before the Chinese New Year festival. and the increasing number of outbound flights from China. Signing of the Visa Waiver Agreement or visa exemption between Thailand and China

All this It can be seen that in the past Thailand and the People’s Republic of China have had a close and strong relationship for a long time. including trade, arts and culture, including tourism.

As it turns out, the number of Chinese tourists visiting Thailand will continue to increase, reaching more than 3.5 million in 2023. The Chinese New Year Festival in Thailand is one of the largest Chinese New Year events held outside China. This is one of the important activities that promote the long-lasting and great relationship between the two countries.

For the atmosphere of the Chinese New Year Festival 2024 in the Yaowarat area. TAT has decorated the lights from February 1-29, 2024 under the concept of “Celebrating the Golden Year of Prosperity (The Golden of Celebration)” in order to build great diplomatic relations. and cultural exchange between the two countries Including stimulating travel, extending stay days, and increasing expenses during the Chinese New Year festival.

During the event, TAT presented highlights. “Golden Dragon Tunnel” beautifully decorated and decorated with electricity. Around the Chaloem Phrakiat Arch, Yaowarat Road, there will be a Projection Mapping show under the story of belief. Faith of Thai-Chinese people Yaowarat Road area on 10-12 February 2024

In addition, there will be cultural performances by performers from the People’s Republic of China. As well as setting up a booth at the Yaowarat Chinese New Year Festival on February 10-11, 2024, presenting various forms of fortune telling such as auspicious oracle letters. Physiognomy Led by Sinsae Pen Nueng Wongphudorn, a famous Sinsae of Thailand. Including organizing activities “Enhance your auspicious life for the Year of the Golden Dragon with 5 sacred places” including Thian Fah Foundation Tai Hong Kong Shrine Guan Yu Shrine and the Horse Godfather Chao Mae Pradu Shrine and Leng Buayia Shrine on February 1-29, 2024

TAT expects that during the Chinese New Year 2024, travel to Thailand in both foreign and domestic markets will generate a total of approximately 34,390 million baht in Thai tourism revenue, a 30% growth compared to the same period last year. As for the Chinese tourist market, it is expected that tourism income into Thailand will be approximately 6,213 million baht, an increase of approximately 366% compared to the same period last year.

In order to facilitate tourists, Mr. Suriya Jungrungruangkit, Minister of Transport, recently came to inspect the progress according to the orders. In preparation for passenger service during the Chinese New Year festival and solving the problem of congestion in queuing for passport control at Suvarnabhumi Airport (Suvarnabhumi Airport) in order to comply with the government’s policy of Prime Minister Settha Thavisin to make Thailand an aviation hub of the region. southeast To encourage additional tourism and trade. which will be beneficial to the Thai economy

Of course, increasing the number of tourists involves a number of operations. First of all, the Prime Minister gave a policy of free visas to China, India and Kazakhstan. As a result of the free visa opening, passengers coming to Suvarnabhumi Airport increased to the same level as in 2019, which was before the Covid crisis. There are 1,040 flights flying in per day, accounting for 190,000 passengers per day. The expected passenger volume during the Chinese New Year period is 10 days, compared to 20,000 passengers in 2023 and in 2024 an increase of approximately 37,000 passengers, considered. A 135% increase shows the benefits of free visas for Chinese tourists.

Kanlaya Yuenyong

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