Eased visa rule might help Thailand to meet its tourism target

 Wednesday, September 21, 2022 



The tourism industry of Thailand might not attain the 1.5-trillion-baht revenue target that the sports and tourism ministry had already declared for 2022.

On Monday, Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, the Tourism and Sports Minister, said that the ministry of late has adjusted the tourism target to 1.08 trillion baht on the basis of the present trend of tourists.

This would be equal to 6 per cent of the gross domestic product of the country.

He hopes that in 2022, Thailand will be able to welcome 10 million tourists from abroad as local tourists are anticipated to make around 120 million tours.

In revenue, international arrivals will generate 670 billion baht as 410 billion baht will come from the tourists of Thailand, he said.

He also added that as of Sept 17th, this Southeast Asian country has welcomed 5.43 million foreign tourists.

In each month in the last quarter of 2022, they have estimated that there will be roughly 1.5 million foreign arrivals, which will help meet the target of 10 million tourists easily.

At first, in tourism revenue, the ministry had set a target of 1.5 trillion baht for 2022. However, later they adjusted it down to 1.2 trillion baht mid-year after identifying that there were far few bookings from far off countries.

The following protocols are expected to attract more foreigners in the last quarter: from 100,000 baht to 50,000 baht, drop in the Long-Term Resident visa fee, extending visa on arrival from 15 days to 30 days.

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