BANGKOK, Thailand, Thai Deputy Prime Minister, Somkid Jatusripitak, reiterated that, new measures will be announced next month, to woo tourists back to the country, especially those from China, in the lead up to the New Year.
Somkid, who heads the economic portfolio, said, measures in the package would include a tax measure for jewellery purchases, a tourism package with free flights to second-tier tourist provinces, and a waiver for visa-on-arrival.
“The cabinet would approve a stimulus package, in the second half of Nov. It would be effective until the end of Dec,” said Somkid.
“The measures would involve the Tourism Authority of Thailand, the Finance Ministry and Thai Airways International.” The measures would target mainly Chinese tourists for the sake of national income, said Somkid.
The planned exemption will include the 2,000-baht visa-on-arrival fee, along with double-entry visas. During the first nine months of the year, Thailand received 28.5 million international tourists, representing 8.7 percent year-on-year growth.
Travellers from China slid 12 percent in Aug, the biggest drop in more than a year, keeping the overall pace of visitor growth near a 16-month low, after a tour boat capsized off Phuket in July, which killed 47 Chinese tourists.
Source: NAM News Network