Officials consider visa-free entry for Chinese
published : 14 Feb 2020 at 09:19
writer: Gary Boyle
Tourism officials are again proposing visa-free entry for Chinese citizens as part of a tourism revival scheme.
Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn said the number of international tourist arrivals during Feb 1-9 fell by 43.4% year-on-year to 730,213 as the number of Chinese tourists plunged 86.6%.
Mr Phiphat said the Chinese market is likely to drop by 90% in February. But if the virus containment is effective and the Chinese government lifts its travel ban before the end of March, there's a strong possibility that mainland tourists will return during Songkran in April, he said.
"We plan to resubmit the visa-free policy to the cabinet in April, as the exemption for 2,000-baht visa-on-arrival (VOA) fees will end on April 30, but on the condition that the Chinese authorities handle the outbreak first," he said.
Learn from listening
- congestion: a situation in which a place is crowded with people or vehicles - แน่นขนัดไปด้วยรถหรือคน
- containment: the process of controlling a situation or substance that could become harmful or dangerous - การควบคุมไว้
- essential: necessary - ที่จำเป็น
- exemption: permission to not have to do something, such as making a payment, following a rule, etc. - ข้อยกเว้น
- lift: to end a warning, a restriction, etc. - ยกเลิก
- measure: a firm action taken to solve a problem or stop a dangerous unpleasant situation - มาตราการ
- outbreak: the sudden start of a disease - การระบาดของโรค
- plunge: to move or fall suddenly - ลงอย่างเร็ว, (อุณหภูมิ)