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Thais and Chinese are Burma’s Largest Visitor Groups

Most visitors to Burma are from Asia and the biggest nationality groups are Thai and Chinese, said an Asean travel and tourism report.

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Most visitors to Burma are from Asia and the biggest nationality groups are Thai and Chinese, said an Asean travel and tourism report.

It said 16 percent of tourists visiting Burma came from Thailand and 12 percent from China.

Despite the growing numbers, tourism contributed only 0.2 percent of Burma’s gross domestic product in 2011, said the study, compared with an average 4.6 percent for the 10 member countries of Asean, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

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The recent reforms by the Myanmar government means entrance of foreign investment is becoming easier

This could change if the government succeeds in attracting 3 million tourists per year by 2015, compared with about 1 million in 2012.

However, Burma’s tourism infrastructure is so far failing to keep up with visitor numbers, according to the Bangkok-based travel trade magazine TTR Weekly.

“Delays in granting hotels operating permits causes operational headaches and add to administration costs for hoteliers opening properties in [Burma],” said TTR.

“Hoteliers say there are properties that can welcome tourists, but are still waiting for approval and essential documents from government departments to allow them to open.”

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The Bachelor Japan Season 4 showcases Thailand

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Bangkok, 2 December, 2021 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to report that Thailand features as the main location in the Japanese reality TV show ‘The Bachelor Japan Season 4’, of which the first episode aired on 25 November, 2021.

In cooperation with the TAT Tokyo Office, a film crew from Amazon Prime Japan and YD Creation Japan comprising 65 actors, production staff, technicians and others travelled to Thailand to shoot for the show in the spectacular Southern provinces of Phuket, Phang-Nga, and Krabi between April and June 2021.

A total of six out of the 10 60-minute episodes of ‘The Bachelor Japan Season 4’ were filmed in Thailand.

 Aside from the valuable promotional exposure the destination will receive in Japan, a key source market for visitors from the Asian region, the foreign production also generated much-needed income and employment opportunities in the local tourism and film-related sectors of the three chosen locations.

Phuket, Phang-Nga’ and Krabi were among the first destinations in Thailand to reopen to tourism under the Sandbox programme, and the TAT Tokyo Office has capitalised on the interest of foreign filmmaking to promote the world-class tourist appeal and public health safety standards of these destinations.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, said “Popular TV shows like ‘The Bachelor’ are an effective way to deliver promotional messages directly to international markets, in this case Japan, which is among the 63 countries and territories from which fully vaccinated visitors can enter Thailand through the Exemption from Quarantine (TEST & GO) programme. With Thailand featuring so significantly in ‘The Bachelor Japan Season 4’, this helps us to promote travel to Thailand now that entry rules are being relaxed and tourists are once again welcomed.”

Fully vaccinated visitors from every country around the world can also visit Thailand via the Living in the “Blue Zone” Sandbox destinations programme. Meanwhile, partially or unvaccinated visitors are also much welcomed via the Happy Quarantine programme. However, to prevent and control the spread of the new Omicron COVID-19 variant, Thailand currently imposes travel restrictions on arrivals from Africa.

Photo Credit: Instagram: @BachelorJapan外部リンク, @bachelorjap外部リンク

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COVID-19 vaccine guide for travellers to Thailand

International travellers, including returning Thais and foreign residents, who are above 18 years of age should get fully vaccinated for COVID-19 with a vaccine approved by Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) or the World Health Organisation (WHO) no less than 14 days before their travel date.

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Bangkok, Updated on 29 November, 2021.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to provide an update to our guide to COVID-19 vaccines for international travellers to Thailand effective from 16 December 2021.

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