Chinese visitors should reach 2 million in 2012
A recent meeting with Prime Minister Yingluck Shinnawatra has boosted confidence among China’s leading travel agents and operators concerning tourism situation in Thailand, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand Mr. Sansern Ngao-rungsi, deputy governor for TAT Asia and the South Pacific, has revealed that during Prime Minister Yingluck’s recent trip to China, she had an opportunity to discuss with executives of major Chinese tour operators on 3 main issues; tourists safety, a visa processing time, and the quality of travel programs.
To better service the increasing number of inbound Chinese travelers to Thailand, executives of Chinese travel agents have requested that the Thai government pay attention to tourists' safety and security and that visa processing time be shortened from 5 days to 3 days for more convenience. Lastly, they wished to see Thailand offers superior tour programs and services. In 2011, 1.7 million Chinese visitors traveled to Thailand. It is anticipated that the number for 2012 should reach 2 million and generate approximately 50 billion baht revenue.