Rapid tourism efforts solidify China-Thailand relation

Published on : Friday, October 27, 2017

indexMore and more, spending over ten hours on flights for those who live in the dry regions of inland China is becoming a rare incident.


Powerful collaboration, increasing number of direct air routes and rapid growth in terms of tourism is making the rolling waves and long coastlines of Phuket, Pattaya and Koh Samui close to the Chinese visitors from non-coastal areas, as airlines increase flights.


A new direct Nok Air flight between Pattaya and Yinchuan, capital of northwest China’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region is one of the recent launches which have the possibility to lessen the travel time between the two cities to less than five hours.


At early part of October, Nok Air launched a direct route between Pattaya and southwest China’s Zunyi. Thai Smile, another budget airline, introduced flight between Bangkok and Datong in north China’s Shanxi Province in late September, this year. Nok Air has proposal for services to other Chinese cities like Baotou, Linyi, Yichang and Nanchang.


“Adding new services to our growing China network will benefit both the tourism industry and economic development as we bring in more tourists to our country, and vice versa,” said Patee Sarasin, Chief Executive Officer of Nok Air.


This all falls into an increasingly closer relations that improves both economic cooperation as well as people-to-people connections.


At the time of the recent eight-day National Day Holiday, Thailand was the second preferred destination for Chinese visitors after Russia, as per the China National Tourism Administration.


Last year, Thailand lured over 8.75 million tourists from the Chinese mainland and it hopes around 9 million this year.


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