Phuket Gazette

PHUKET: Tourism operators serving visitors from Taiwan and mainland China have been advised to prepare for an influx of arrivals during an upcoming 90-day visa-fee exemption.

In a bid to revitalize the tourism industry after the political crisis, the National Council for Peace and Order announced that visa fees would be waived for tourists from those markets.

"Numerous Chinese from the mainland and Taiwan are expected to come to Thailand after the government announced the visa-fee exemption," said Sisdivachr Cheewarattanaporn, president of the Association of Thai Travel Agents.

He said a lot of tour operators in mainland China and Taiwan had stopped selling packages to Thailand and waited for special offers from the Thai government like this one.

The scheme had been meant to run from August 1 to October 31 but Sek Wannamethee, director-general of the Department of Information at the Foreign Ministry, said on Friday that it had been delayed and was expected to start this week.

China has been Thailand's No 1 source market for years, with about 4 million Chinese visiting the Kingdom last year.

However, international arrivals during the first seven months of this year plunged 10 per cent to 13.6mn compared with 14mn for the same period last year as a result of the political instability.

Anuparb Kasensuwan, director-general of the Tourism Department, said that revenue from tourism in general declined 8 percent to 630 billion baht in that period.

Anuparb said it was hoped arrivals would increase in October, the first month of the peak tourism season.

There have been signs the sector is recovering, with 1.9mn tourists visiting the country in July – an improvement on recent months.

— The Nation

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Umm... YAY, I guess. I think this also translates to about 8.3 million more cigarette butts to be thrown on the streets of Phuket, on top of the already 8.4 million cigs thrown on the ground from local residents.... including the existing 38,000 cigarette butts thrown out of taxis and tuk-tuks by their drivers.

Posted by Ed Sanders August 14, 2014 04:05:41PM

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Thailand is attracting "quality tourists" by waiving a 1,000 baht visa fee. This demonstrates a complete lack of rational thinking. You induce “quality tourists” to visit Thailand by protecting the environment, insuring their safety and giving them a fair exchange of goods and services for their money.

Posted by anonymous August 14, 2014 07:32:23PM

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Thailand is attracting "quality tourists" by waiving a 1,000 baht visa fee. This demonstrates a complete lack of rational thinking. You induce “quality tourists” to visit Thailand by protecting the environment, insuring their safety and giving them a fair exchange of goods and services for their money.

Posted by anonymous

But, wait – think about it! Without these low-end packaged Chinese tourists, who will go to the Snake Farm, the Phuket Zoo, Daeng's Golden Shark Fin restaurant and Central Festival?

Posted by Jau August 14, 2014 08:41:03PM

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Peak season starting in October? That's new to me. Also, a 10% drop in the first 7 months, while most problems (such as travel warnings) were not issued until May. In other words, in the 3-month period May-July the drop was considerably more to make it an average of 10% in 7 months.

Posted by sh August 15, 2014 07:51:36AM

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Thailand is attracting "quality tourists" by waiving a 1,000 baht visa fee. This demonstrates a complete lack of rational thinking. You induce “quality tourists” to visit Thailand by protecting the environment, insuring their safety and giving them a fair exchange of goods and services for their money.

Posted by anonymous

But, wait – think about it! Without these low-end packaged Chinese tourists, who will go to the Snake Farm, the Phuket Zoo, Daeng's Golden Shark Fin restaurant and Central Festival?

Posted by Jau

You forgot the Tiger Kingdom, and soon the Dolphin show :(

Posted by sh August 15, 2014 07:52:32AM

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Peak season starting in October? That's new to me. Also, a 10% drop in the first 7 months, while most problems (such as travel warnings) were not issued until May. In other words, in the 3-month period May-July the drop was considerably more to make it an average of 10% in 7 months.

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Yeah, I did the math too and came up with the same thing – just a 10% drop, May-July. Amazing. What other country in the world could get away with a military coup and have such a tiny decrease in the number of folks wanting to visit it? My big worry now is that it's going to increase sharply between now and year end, meaning more traffic on the road :((

Posted by Randolph Patterson August 15, 2014 09:34:32AM

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Peak season starting in October? That's new to me. Also, a 10% drop in the first 7 months, while most problems (such as travel warnings) were not issued until May. In other words, in the 3-month period May-July the drop was considerably more to make it an average of 10% in 7 months.

Posted by sh

Yeah, I did the math too and came up with the same thing – just a 10% drop, May-July. Amazing. What other country in the world could get away with a military coup and have such a tiny decrease in the number of folks wanting to visit it? My big worry now is that it's going to increase sharply between now and year end, meaning more traffic on the road :((

Posted by Randolph Patterson August 15, 2014 09:34:32AM

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Thailand is attracting "quality tourists" by waiving a 1,000 baht visa fee. This demonstrates a complete lack of rational thinking. You induce “quality tourists” to visit Thailand by protecting the environment, insuring their safety and giving them a fair exchange of goods and services for their money.

Posted by anonymous

But, wait – think about it! Without these low-end packaged Chinese tourists, who will go to the Snake Farm, the Phuket Zoo, Daeng's Golden Shark Fin restaurant and Central Festival?

Posted by Jau

You forgot the Tiger Kingdom, and soon the Dolphin show :(

Posted by sh August 15, 2014 07:52:32AM

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Peak season starting in October? That's new to me. Also, a 10% drop in the first 7 months, while most problems (such as travel warnings) were not issued until May. In other words, in the 3-month period May-July the drop was considerably more to make it an average of 10% in 7 months.

Posted by sh August 15, 2014 07:51:36AM

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Thailand is attracting "quality tourists" by waiving a 1,000 baht visa fee. This demonstrates a complete lack of rational thinking. You induce “quality tourists” to visit Thailand by protecting the environment, insuring their safety and giving them a fair exchange of goods and services for their money.

Posted by anonymous

But, wait – think about it! Without these low-end packaged Chinese tourists, who will go to the Snake Farm, the Phuket Zoo, Daeng's Golden Shark Fin restaurant and Central Festival?

Posted by Jau August 14, 2014 08:41:03PM

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Thailand is attracting "quality tourists" by waiving a 1,000 baht visa fee. This demonstrates a complete lack of rational thinking. You induce “quality tourists” to visit Thailand by protecting the environment, insuring their safety and giving them a fair exchange of goods and services for their money.

Posted by anonymous August 14, 2014 07:32:23PM

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Umm... YAY, I guess. I think this also translates to about 8.3 million more cigarette butts to be thrown on the streets of Phuket, on top of the already 8.4 million cigs thrown on the ground from local residents.... including the existing 38,000 cigarette butts thrown out of taxis and tuk-tuks by their drivers.

Posted by Ed Sanders August 14, 2014 04:05:41PM

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