Acting on the proposal of Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, Tourism Minister Thailand The cabinet resolved for extending the fee waiver on visit visas in respect of visitors of India, China, and other countries. The program has a run beyond October 31 2019 until April 30 2020, and will cover the Songkran festival in 2019.
The proposal originally intended a visa-free travel to benefit the tourists from China and India, for 15 days, for encouraging tourists.
Boost to Thailand Tourism
Additionally, the cabinet meeting extended free visas to these visitors arriving until April 30, 2020. There is a visa fee exemption of 2,000-baht for tourists of 18 countries, which includes China and India also.
The reason behind this is that the country looks for stimulating growth in tourism to encourage the slow economy. The waivers is an important part of stimulus package worth $10-billion for boosting growth, in many spheres like farming small businesses, and low-income earners.
Tourist receipts from Foreigners make up 12% of its economy, and Tourism, serves as a major economic engine. The ministry announced that 19.76 million tourists had visited Thailand till June 2019.
Sizable Presence of Tourists
The number of from Chinese visitors was 5.65 million and from India, the figures were 978,785. The Visa on Arrival fees waived by Thailand for 21 nations had a cost of 10 billion baht but the tourism sector produced tourism income of 20 billion baht since the implementation of policy.
This measure is likely to result in boosting the number of Indian travelers to reach 3 million in 2020. There are many attractions in the country like the Railay Beach, Phi Phi Islands, the Grand Palace, Bangkok Walking Street, Chiang Mai besides the presence of beautiful landscapes and friendly people. Finally with the support of the government the results will be positive and far reaching, benefitting the economy in a big way.