BANGKOK, Thailand, The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said on Wednesday, the country welcome foreign tourists during the celebration of Chinese New Year and Thai New Year Songkran water-splashing festival, after the Thai government has approved the extension of the visa-on-arrival fee waiver for citizens of 20 countries and regions until Apr 30.

TAT quoted the decision announced in the Thai government Gazette on Jan 11 as saying that, it’s a measure to stimulate and promote tourism, as well as, to enhance the kingdom’s attractiveness among foreign visitors during the peak travel season.

TAT Governor, Yuthasak Supasorn, said, the continuation of the stimulus visa-on-arrival measure came at a perfect time, as Thailand is set to celebrate Chinese New Year in Feb and the Thai New Year (Songkran) in Apr.

Chinese New Year celebrations are vital to Thailand and this year’s date falls on Feb 5. This year will mark the 15th anniversary of cooperation between TAT, the Chinese Ministry of Culture, and the Chinese Embassy in organising the annual Lunar New Year festivities in Thailand.

For the Thai New Year (Songkran), TAT will continue its strategy to promote Thai traditions and cultural values, according to Yuthasak.

“As usual, TAT will provide support to the organising of Songkran celebrations in various destinations throughout the kingdom,” he said.

Until Apr 30, citizens from the countries and regions, including Bulgaria, China and India, will be exempted from the 2,000 Baht visa-on-arrival fee for not more than 15 days.

Source: NAM News Network

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