Published on : Thursday, September 30, 2021
Thailand is aiming to attract Indian travelers during the traditional holiday season to strengthen its tourism-reliant economy that’s been affected badlywith the absence of mass holidaymakers from countries including China.
The Thai tourism industry expects Indians to recommence travel in large numbers next month during Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, said SomsongSachaphimukh, the vice president of the Thai Tourism Council. That would initiate a tourism revival since it would coincide with the planned waiver of quarantine for vaccinated visitors from Nov. 1, Sachaphimukhsaid.
With the outbound Chinese travel not expected to restart anytime soon, Thailand is counting on travelers from other countries to take advantage of its hassle-free rules for tourists. Indians, comprising the third-largest group of visitors to Thailand before the pandemic, is expected to travel again to Thai beaches for holidays, conferences and destination weddings, Sachaphimukhsaid.
To quote Sachaphimukh, “If Thailand plans to reopen the country and many of our tourism hubs in November, this year’s Diwali may be a great opportunity. Indian travelers have a lot of spending power and a lot of potential.”
Indian travelers are expected to spend between 27,000 baht ($800) and 76,000 baht each during trips to Thailand, and each destination wedding could generate between 10 million to 120 million baht in revenue for the hotel and services industry, Sachaphimukhsaid.