Thailand’s Tourist Arrivals Reach 17.57 Million as Thai PM Boosts Tourism with Free Visa

Thailand has recorded 17.57 million foreign arrivals so far this year, according to the announcement from the tourism ministry on Tuesday. This showed that 2.16 million tourists have entered Thailand so far in August with only a few days left as the recorded 15.4 million arrivals for the first seven months. However, the monthly number could be slightly lower than 2.49 million in July. Thailand, the tourism-reliant country, is projecting full-year arrivals of about 28 million.

Thai tourism is expected to get a boost after the new government under the helm of Prime Minister Mr. Sretta Thavisin vowed to allow a free visa for Chinese and Indian tourists, which could boost the tourism industry significantly. The PM had a discussion with Thai airlines yesterday, expecting to increase flights and prepare to welcome an influx of tourists.