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Removing the Barriers

Tourism industry is ready and willing to work with governments on better ways to deal with visas, saying economic benefits will follow.

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  • Newspaper section: Asia focus
  • Writer: Nithi Kaveevivitchai
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Many times when you look at beautiful pictures of tourist attractions on the internet, your heart tells you to go book a ticket and start packing your bags. Then you start looking into the visa application process and you think maybe it’s time to look for another destination. 

Long immigration queues greet passengers at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, even though a sticker in the terminal promises 24-minute processing.

A lot of research has suggested that the visa process acts as a major barrier to tourists from some countries wishing to visit another country for business or leisure purposes. The travel industry maintains that improving visa policies and streamlining the visa process can have a direct positive impact on visitor numbers, GDP growth and job creation.

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