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Aims to Boost Marine Tourism, Extends Visa Free Waiver Scheme

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In 2016, Thailand welcomed nearly 32.6 million visitors, which was a 9% increase from 2015. This year, Thai government expects an increase of 8.5% to 1.78 trillion baht regarding revenue from foreign tourists; local visitors are also predicted to contribute an additional 950 billion baht in tourism revenues.

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Aims to Boost Marine Tourism, Extends Visa Free Waiver Scheme

  1. 1. Thailand Aims to Boost Marine Tourism, Extends Visa Free Waiver Scheme Riviera Residence Phuket
  2. 2. In 2016, Thailand welcomed nearly 32.6 million visitors, which was a 9% increase from 2015. This year, Thai government expects an increase of 8.5% to 1.78 trillion baht regarding revenue from foreign tourists; local visitors are also predicted to contribute an additional 950 billion baht in tourism revenues. Thailand to become a marine tourism destination Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Thailand’s Minister of Tourism and Sports, is planning to work with other agencies in hopes to develop the country as a marine tourism destination. While the country is popular for its beach resorts, it has forgotten to make its cruise tourism segment shine. The marinas currently contributing to the market are found in Phuket and Pattaya. The Phuket Royal Marina is Thailand’s premier and most famous, as it hosts annual boat shows in Southeast Asia.
  3. 3. The minister is eyeing to expand to the Khlong Toey and Laem Chabang commercial ports in hopes that these contribute to the promotion of the country a marine destination. She stated, ‘The key issue that we have to resolve is how to develop ports for cruise tourism, a segment that has a high potential to stimulate revenue for the country’. Phuket eyes Europe to boost tourism Last year, the Tourism Authority of Thailand opened its office in Prague to focus on quality – long- staying, high-spending – visitors. After which, they staged a roadshow in France, specifically in Paris, Lyon and Nice, places where the highest number of tourists visiting Thailand annually. The Royal Thai Government extends visa fee waiver scheme Governor Yuthasak Supasorn of the Tourism Authority of Thailand stated that because of the extra support they have been getting from the government, the country’s tourism sector has been experiencing an influx. Its visa waiver and reduction scheme have a lot to do with this tourism boost, and because the Ministry of Tourism and Sports proposed its extension to another six months, it can remain a top destination.
  4. 4. Among the 21 countries included in the regulation are Andorra, China, Ethiopia, India, Mauritius, Romania and Ukraine. With the extension of visa incentives, these countries have the opportunity to continue visiting Thailand. Sources: http://www.rivieraphuket.com/ http://www.reuters.com/article/us-thailand-economy-tourism-idUSKBN14T0QN http://www.ttrweekly.com/site/2017/02/ministry-of-tourism-eyes-marine-tourism/comment-page-1/ http://www.traveldailymedia.com/247610/thailand-extends-visa-fee-waiver-scheme-for-tourists-from- 21-countries/ http://www.thephuketnews.com/phuket-looks-back-to-europe-for-tourism-boost- 59488.php#BLwgKzkqWSZkYC3F.97

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