China’s new entry rules spur tourism, but lingering hurdles still a deterrent

During the weeklong Lunar New Year holiday in February, China recorded 3.23 million tourism-related entries, roughly the same as the festival period in 2019, the official Xinhua News Agency said in February. A big boost to these figures came in December, when China began allowing citizens of certain countries to enter visa-free for 15 days. […]

Thailand again considers legalising casinos to lure tourists

Thailand is again considering legalising casinos to draw investment and tourism, a study submitted to the House of Representative on Friday showed, but such proposals have been losing bets in the past because of public disapproval. Thailand again considers legalising casinos to lure tourists (File Photo by Photographer: Lisa Marie David/Bloomberg) {{^userSubscribed}} {{/userSubscribed}} {{^userSubscribed}} {{/userSubscribed}} […]

‘Definitely stronger’: why 2024 could be Southeast Asia’s year for tourism

The Thai government is aiming for 8 million arrivals from China this year, with visa waivers and cheaper airline tickets expected to spur a rebound of what had been a key source market for Thailand’s tourism industry. Over Lunar New Year, Thai tourism authorities said nearly 30,000 Chinese visitors arrived in the kingdom every day. […]

Chinese Lunar New Year travel boosts Asian tourism

Chinese travellers flocked to tourist hot-spots across Asia over the Lunar New Year break, with visitor numbers and spending in destinations including Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia exceeding pre-COVID levels. Visa-free access for Chinese tourists to the Southeast Asia countries boosted traffic and signalled a robust revival in travel since Beijing lifted strict COVID restrictions in […]

Thailand and China Announce Mutual Visa Exemption to Boost Tourism – News18

Thailand and China agreed on Sunday to waive visa requirements for each other’s nationals to facilitate travel and tourism between the two countries, hurt by Covid-19. Thai Foreign Minister Parnpree Bahiddha-nukara and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi signed the mutual visa exemption, which takes effect on March 1, at a ceremony after meeting in Bangkok. […]

Thailand, China Agree on Visa-Free Travel in Boost for Tourism Recovery

Thailand and China have agreed on a bilateral deal to waive visa requirements for travelers, according to Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin, a move likely to accelerate the pace of the post-pandemic recovery in the Southeast Asian nation’s key tourism industry. Chinese visitors to Thailand will be exempted from visa needs beyond the current temporary scheme […]

India should be at the front-line of an ongoing global battle to attract tourist

Away from the headlines, a war has broken out among developing countries. Nations are seeking to take each other’s citizens temporarily hostage as the important year-end holiday season unfolds. Visa-free travel for Indians (and other nationalities such as Kazakhs and Chinese) to countries such as Thailand, Malaysia and Sri Lanka has expanded since October. Last […]

Asia’s airlines weigh the cost of China’s absent tourists

By comparison, airlines in Europe, North America and the Middle East are all forecast to post profit margins of 3.3 per cent or greater next year. Those in Latin America and Africa are expected to make losses. The key piece of the puzzle for many airlines in Asia is whether Chinese tourists feel they have […]

Thailand tourism to be boosted by “repeat travellers”

Based on the findings, recent travellers to Thailand comprised mostly Millennials (51%), followed by affluent travellers (27%), families travelling with young kids (18%), young singles (16%), Gen Z (15%), families travelling with older kids (14%), and silver travellers (11%). When it comes to the typical length of leisure trips, silver travellers stayed the longest in […]

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