Highlighting an optimistic approach to push the scales of tourist attraction, Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin delightedly announced an extended visa-free access for Russian citizens to Thailand. As an additional role of finance minister, Srettha introduced this liberating policy with a primary focus on inviting tourists from Russia wishing to elude the chilly winters of their homeland, wandering from December till March, in the warmer aura of Thailand.
Any strategy is hollow without future prospects, keeping that in mind, Srettha also unveiled upcoming diplomatic dialogues with the Russian President, Vladimir Putin. Accumulating at the Third Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, these conversations are scheduled to take place in Beijing, from the 16th to the 21st of October, shaping the future of international relations.
Laying down the figures for a clearer picture, Thailand witnessed a whopping number of slightly more than 20 million foreign tourists, precisely, 20,051,535 to be exact, in the early nine months of the fresh 2023, counting from January all the way till September, as per the official records of the government. In terms of ranking, the Russian excursionists bagged the fifth spot, contributing to 994,431 of these proud numbers.
Elaborating on the nationalities that attracted the maximum figures, Malaysians topped the chart with a staggering 3,280,622 tourists, leaving behind China with 2,509,698 tourists, South Korea with a noteworthy count of 1,197,763, and finally, India trailing behind with 1,165,935 globetrotters to Thailand.
Srettha’s administration, known for its broad visions, has already paved the path for 30-day visa-free access to potential travellers from China and Kazakhstan. This delightful regulation was put into effect from 25th September, effective until the termination of the breezy month of February, next year. This move looks forward to inviting tourists from these countries to explore the incredible country of Thailand and enjoy its diverse experiences.
These tactical initiatives clearly underline the commitment of the Thai government to bolster its tourism industry while also fostering friendly ties with other countries. So, stay tuned as Thailand keeps focussed on the international stage and explores further opportunities for cross-country tourism promotions. Happy traveling!