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Thailand extends visa fee waivers to boost tourism as growth slows

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Thailand extends visa fee waivers to boost tourism as growth slows




BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand will extend until April next year a measure that waives fees for visas on arrival issued to tourists from 18 countries, as it looks to stimulate growth in tourism to spur a slowing economy, the prime minister said on Tuesday.


The waivers are part of a $10-billion stimulus package to boost growth, including a debt moratorium for farmers, loans for smaller businesses, and more money for low-income earners.


"The cabinet approved the extension of fee waivers until April 2020," Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha told reporters, adding that the scheme would cover Lunar New Year and the Thai new year, Songkran.

Foreign tourist receipts make up about 12% of Southeast Asia's second largest economy, but arrivals increased just 0.89% in June, with visitors from China, the biggest source, declining 7.1% from a year earlier.


The fee of 2,000 baht ($65) is to be waived unil next year for travellers from 18 countries, including China and India.


But the cabinet rejected a proposal for visa-free entry for visitors from China and India, because of security concerns, government spokesman Narumon Pinyosinwat said.


($1=30.8100 baht)


(Reporting by Panarat Thepgumpanat and Chayut Setboonsarng; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)



-- © Copyright Reuters 2019-08-20
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Cabinet extends free visa on arrival, but says no to visa exemption for Chinese and Indians




After attending a Cabinet meeting on August 20, Energy Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong said the Cabinet had agreed to extend the waiver on visa-on-arrival fees in order to boost tourism, but chose not to grant visa exemption to Indian and Chinese travellers, saying the issue had to be studied from all dimensions first.


“Free visa-on-arrival has been extended to April 30 in a move to attract foreign tourists planning to visit Thailand,” he said. The current fee waiver is set to expire at the end of October.


Separately, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) governor Yuthasak Supasorn said the agency is studying the possibility of extending the opening hours of some entertainment venues to 4am.


“We visited areas that have a high volume of tourists such as Pattaya and Bangkok’s Khao San Road to talk to business owners,” he said. “TAT will hold a formal meeting with them again on Saturday [August 24] before submitting the result to Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn.”


Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30375058



-- © Copyright The Nation Thailand 2019-08-20
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Fiji.....oops! That’s where the case of “Ebola” was found? Remember the two who died and the USA refused to take them back along w the CDC? Uuumh 

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15 hours ago, RotBenz8888 said:

Apart from India and China, did they put on a blind fold and throw dart arrows to pic the countries?

They probably checked their bank balances.

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