Thailand revising its tourism outlook to increase visitation

Published on : Thursday, May 28, 2015

wat arun at duskThe situation in Thailand is completely safe for tourists. The Tourism and sports ministry of Thailand is determined that by adopting safety measures, tourism is bound for an increase in the peak season.


A panel of 30 ministers was in meeting with the Tourism and Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul discussing the tourism situation under the military government.


The minister asked the panel for their suggestions on how tourists could be made to feel absolutely secure in Thailand.


The Minister assured that tourists will receive the greatest of care and security once they come to visit the country.


Important concerns raised by foreigners visiting Thailand were visas and immigration schemes, taxi problems and tourist scams. The government is however already working on multiple-entry visa that will likely be valid for six to 12 months. It is expected to go into effect in December.


Concerns over rouge taxis were also discussed which offer service in Bangkok, Phuket and Chang mai. They are often given into overcharging, cheating and refusing passengers. The ministry assured that it will be acting with full responsibility in tackling tourist scamming problem by adding more police and volunteers to tackle this problem both in the capital and the upcountry.


Tourist courts will be opening nationwide. There are plans of opening 15 more over the already existing 6 units.


A tourist fund will also be created to provide financial assistance to tourists who need it while travelling to Thailand.


Also the Ministry will campaign for the first time as a “Muslim Friendly Destination” wooing Muslim countries.


China still remains the biggest source market for Thailand. The country has received 1.7 million international visitors from May 1-25.


Arrivals have been growing in Thailand since last year. The number has been 19 million a straight 16 per cent more in this period from the previous year. International tourists have increased 19 per cent of the country’s earnings with a revenue of Bt944 billion. The revised policies should bring in significant difference to the country’s prevailing tourism situation.

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