Prime Minister Sreta Tavesin’s strategic tie-up with top airlines aims to capitalize on the surge in tourism during peak season. Learn about initiatives to increase flight frequency, simplify visa policies and enhance Thailand’s tourism appeal.
BANGKOK, THAILAND – The new Prime Minister of Thailand, Mr. Sreta Savishin Engaging with key representatives of Thailand’s tourism and hospitality industry, as well as airline representatives, unveiled a series of incremental measures aimed at revitalizing the country’s tourism landscape. In a key meeting with tourism operators in Phang Nga province, the Prime Minister addressed key issues while outlining strategies to drive growth across the industry.
Extend tourist visa validity and simplify immigration procedures
One of the most important announcements made by Prime Minister Tawisin was to consider extending the validity period of tourist visas from the current 30 days to a more relaxed 90 days. This progressive move, aimed at enhancing its appeal to foreign tourists, demonstrates the government’s commitment to promoting a seamless travel experience. Furthermore, the Prime Minister acknowledged the importance of simplifying immigration procedures and ensuring convenience and ease for inbound tourists.
Security Considerations for Visa Waiver Proposals
Responding to calls by certain tour operators to waive entry visas for tourists from China, India and Russia, Prime Minister Taveshin stressed the seriousness of the security implications associated with the decision. The government intends to consider carefully before taking any steps in this direction, emphasizing the importance of maintaining a delicate balance between promoting tourism and maintaining national security.
Empowering local communities and nurturing unique tourism experiences
The meeting emphasized that the government is committed to promoting the development of grassroots tourism. Discussions included the possibility of revitalizing Phang Nga’s old airport to accommodate small commercial aircraft. In addition, emphasis has been placed on promoting tourism in the local community, boosting the sale of local products and increasing the income of local residents.
Some 3,000 communities with untapped potential for local tourism development have been identified, but lack of proper registration prevents them from receiving state support. Prime Minister Taweesin said the government was committed to addressing the issue and empowering these communities, in line with the broader goal of inclusive economic growth.
Cooperation with airlines and aviation authorities
In anticipation of the upcoming peak tourist season in the fourth quarter of this year, Prime Minister Thai Visin held discussions with representatives of eight airlines, Airports of Thailand (AoT) and the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT). The government is keen to stimulate the economy by working together to prepare for the expected influx of tourists.
Attendees included Chai Eamsiri of Thai Airways International, Woranate Laprabang of Thai Vietjet, Santisuk Klongchaiya of Thai AirAsia, Tassapon Bijleveld of Thai AirAsia X, Chaiyong Rattanapaisansuk of Thai Smile, Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth of Thai Smile. Bangkok Airways, Aswin Yangkirativorn of Thai Lion Air and Wutthiphum Jurangkool of Nok Air. The meeting fostered a spirit of collaboration, aligning their strategy with the government’s vision to boost tourism.
Kratty KitmanawaThe AoT president revealed that discussions focused on how to accommodate more flights from China at Thailand’s main airport. The combination of these efforts will create an enabling environment for increased tourist arrivals. Suttipong Kongpool, director general of the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT), was also present.
Unified Tourism Vision
Prime Minister Taweesin assured participants that his commitment to boosting tourism extends to all provinces regardless of their political affiliation. The Prime Minister’s intention to be a leader for all Thais underscores his commitment to building a thriving tourism industry in all regions.
In conclusion, the prime minister’s engagement with tourism and hospitality professionals marks a step in the revitalization of Thailand’s tourism industry. The proposed measures include visa extensions, enhanced immigration procedures and collaboration with aviation stakeholders, underscoring the government’s commitment to the continued growth and resilience of the aviation industry. As the country embarks on a road to recovery, these initiatives have the potential to unlock new prospects for economic prosperity while providing visitors with an unparalleled experience.
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