Bangkok (VNA) – TheTourism Authority of Thailand has forecast that the industry would grow 11percent this year with 33.8 million international tourists.
Chinese arrivals are predicted toaccount for nearly 30 percent of the total.
Over the past time, the Thaigovernment’s crackdown on “zero dollar tours” has resulted in a strongreduction of the number of Chinese arrivals.
Among 100 million Chinese who travelworldwide each year, only 9 percent come to Thailand now.
The Thai Ministry of Tourism andSports has recently waived visa fees and reduced visa-on-arrival costs fortourists from Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan (China) in an effort to increasearrivals by 10 percent.
The Thai government also decidedto loosen visa regulations targeting 19 countries from December 1, 2016 –February 28, 2017.
According to the NationalEconomic and Social Development Board of Thailand, the Thai economy grew 3.2percent in July-September compared to the same period last year, down from the 3.5percent growth rate recorded in the previous quarter./.
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