Thailand extends its tourist stimulus scheme for the fourth time since its introduction in November 2018. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) reported that the Royal Thai Government has once again approved an extension of the visa-on-arrival fee waiver for citizens of 20 nations for another six months from 1st November 2019 until 30 April 2020. 

India is on the list of the 20 Nations along with citizens of Andorra, Bulgaria, Bhutan, China including Taiwan, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Fiji, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Papua New Guinea, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan all are exempt from the 2000 baht visa-on-arrival fee for single-entry leisure travel in Thailand for not more than 15 days.

Beauty beach and limestone rocks, Thailand.

This move by the Royal Thai Government is associated with the stimulation and promotion of tourist arrival while enhancing the Kingdom’s ease-of entry among foreign visitors. With the Tourism Authority of Thailand actively wooing tourists from across the world, India seems to be right on top of their list. 

Not the first time Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has extended a branch to Indian Travellers. 

Bangkok Airways and TAT jointly launched a new ‘Fly me to Thailand’ promotion in the month of October to woo Indian travellers, by offering them privileges, gift cards and discounts and many more special deals. TAT Executive Director Klissada Ratanapruk, ASEAN South Asia and South Pacific Region said:

“Thailand is entering this year’s high season from October onwards, so it is an opportunity to offer special privileges for tourists from our neighbouring ASEAN countries as well as from our long-standing, short-haul friend India”.  

As per Thai tourism statistics, Indian tourists spent almost 70 billion Baht (USD 2.2 Billion) last year.

With India tourist accounting for almost 4 per cent of the 38.3 million international arrivals in Thailand last year, the share of Indian tourists is expected to reach 15 per cent by the end of 2020.

However, TAT is expecting about 2 million Indian tourists to visit the country this year after a strong year-on-year growth of 24.5 per cent to 1.14 million arrivals in the first seven months of the year, Thailand hopes to revive its tourism sector. 

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