Thailand is planning to welcome more tourists by waiving visa requirements for travelers from India and Taiwan starting next month until May 2024. This decision aims to boost tourism as the high season approaches.
What Happened: Thailand previously eliminated visa requirements for Chinese tourists in September, which was a significant step given that China was Thailand’s primary tourism market before the pandemic, contributing 11 million of the record 39 million arrivals in 2019.
From January to October 29, Thailand welcomed 22 million visitors, generating 927.5 billion baht (₹2.14 lakh crore) based on the latest government data.
Thailand’s government spokesperson, Chai Wacharonke, said arrivals from India and Taiwan can enter Thailand for 30 days without the need for a visa.
In the current year, India has become Thailand’s fourth-largest source market for tourism, with around 1.2 million arrivals, following Malaysia, China, and South Korea. The inbound tourism from India has demonstrated growth, as more airlines and hospitality chains have been targeting this market.
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Thailand is setting its sights on attracting about 28 million arrivals this year, with the government aiming for the travel sector to help offset the ongoing economic challenges related to weak exports.
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