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Tourism minister to push lifting visa requirements for Indians, Chinese

By THE NATION

 

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Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn

 

Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn said he will proceed with proposing visa-free entry to Chinese and Indian travellers to the Cabinet on August 20, even though Deputy Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwan and Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai have voiced concerns that this will affect national security.

 

“I have faith in Thai police. Even if the Cabinet does not approve the proposal of visa-exempt entry, criminals will still come to Thailand and get caught.

 

The finance minister agreed with the measure on August 16, and I will propose it to the Cabinet today [August 20] to seek a final solution,” Phiphat said. 

 

The move to boost tourism in the country includes two main measures, namely allowing Chinese and Indian tourists to enter Thailand without requiring a visa from November 1 to October 31, 2020 and exempting visa-on-arrival fees for 19 countries, with the exception of Chinese and Indian passport holders. 

 

Another measure proposed by the finance minister is to give tourists a gift of Bt1,000, in addition to three extra measures, namely the Bt100 eat-shop-travel project, 15 per cent discount at a limit of Bt30,000 for tourists on food, hotel and travel, and a special week-day tourism plan. 

 

Phiphat also said he will have an informal discussion with Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha and related ministries on extending the closing time for entertainment venues in some zones to 4am. However, Phiphat said he has asked the Tourism Authority of Thailand to study this measure first.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/business/30375014

 

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just a gaggle of headless chooks try to find an answer. Bit like the blind deer " no idea".

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Another measure proposed by the finance minister is to give tourists a gift of Bt1,000, in addition to three extra measures, namely the Bt100 eat-shop-travel project, 15 per cent discount at a limit of Bt30,000 for tourists on food, hotel and travel, and a special week-day tourism plan. 

 

Subsidising tourism? He must be desperate. His boss Chanocha is a paranoid control freak who is chasing foreigners away with idiotic and mostly unnecessary policies to control people and stop them from doing a load of stuff that's normal in most free countries. So this tourism minister can't hit his revenue targets.

 

How about making the country a pleasant place to stay instead of a paranoid security state. And what happened to that PM who wasted money subsiding that other industry rice farming? She was overthrown by Chanocha for wasting public money on those subsidies. Will he overthrow himself if he starts to waste money on subsidising touristm? 

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How about simply lowering the Baht?  They’d exponentially increase tourism ( from many countries—instead of just a few), as well as exports, and even help the SET to rise.  And they wouldn’t need to subsidise agribusiness. I guess they haven’t thought of that...

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What is wrong with these so called MINISTERS RUNNING OR TRYING TO RUN THEIR COUNTRY. The problem stands out a mile, free visa etc will not change a thing. The Baht is well over valued but they will not accept this. Devalue the Baht by 25%. They will increase tourism and their exports.

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3 minutes ago, shaurene said:

What is wrong with these so called MINISTERS RUNNING OR TRYING TO RUN THEIR COUNTRY. The problem stands out a mile, free visa etc will not change a thing. The Baht is well over valued but they will not accept this. Devalue the Baht by 25%. They will increase tourism and their exports.

Way easier to just get rid of these bs luxury taxes.

 

Lower alcohol, food import taxes and baam everything is cheaper without having to try to touch the baht itself.

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How ‘bout a no bar fine ticket that works in every bar?  That won’t encourage more drinking...

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11 hours ago, webfact said:

“I have faith in Thai police. Even if the Cabinet does not approve the proposal of visa-exempt entry, criminals will still come to Thailand and get caught.

Yes, then what is the point of the TM30? 

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Why continue to concentrate on Chinese and Indians?

Wouldn't it be logical to let everyone who comes to Thailand, the same deals as Chinese and Indians?

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