Bid to lift Thailand tourism slump

Bangkok: Amid declining numbers of visitors, notably from China, during the traditional tourist high season, a desperate Cabinet yesterday agreed to waive the 2,000 baht (RM252.50) visa-on-arrival fee for tourists from 21 countries for 60 days to rev up one of the main engines of economic growth.

Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak, yesterday also made a deal with Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba to help promote Thailand.

From Dec 1 until the end of January, tourists from 20 countries plus Taiwan, whose nationals are already entitled to a visa on arrival, will be able to enjoy the fee waiver as “a New Year’s gift”. The duration of stay, however, remains at 15 days.

Passport holders of Andorra, Bulgaria, Bhutan, China, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Fiji, India, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Papua New Guinea, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Taiwan can take advantage of the waiver. — The Nation / Asian News Network