Thai ministry hoping on Chinese tourists to uplift its battered tourism

Published on : Thursday, October 15, 2020

Regardless of the postponements of tourist arrivals, Thailand is anticipating Chinese visitors which will actually kick-start its badly beaten tourism sector which has been destroyed by prolonged bans on travel bans due to the pandemic.


The instant reason for Thai tourism revival of optimism is a special charter flight that flew 150 tourists from China to the Thai resort island of Phuket after Oct 25, instead of the original schedule on Oct 8.


These Chinese tourists would be the first international tourists allowed into Thailand on special tourist visas, or STV, under a conditional entry scheme for selected groups of foreigners supported by the government.


On Oct 7th, Thailand’s Tourism and Sports Minister, Pipat Ratchakitprakarn stated that on a chartered AirAsia flight, the tourists would fly directly to Phuket. Later, Thailand’s National Security Council Secretary-General, Natthaphon Nakpanit verified that visitors would only enter Phuket after the annual vegetarian festival.


With light and sound and other additional performances, the Phuket Vegetarian Festival will be taking place in Phuket’s important towns from Oct 17th to 25th.


Also, Phuket Governor, Narong Woonciew made a sudden declaration on social media that he will delay the arrival of tourists keeping the concern of the local residents in mind of going outdoor to celebrate the festival along with foreign tourists.


Also, the tourism minister mentioned that another group of 126 Chinese tourists, from Guangdong on a chartered Thai Smile flight, will fly into Suvarnabhumi International Airport, in Bangkok. This will be followed by tourists from the Scandinavian countries (Denmark, Norway and Sweden) and the 26-member Schengen countries – on a Thai Airways International flight on Nov 1.


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