Thailand strengthens tourism ties with China in high-profile meeting

Thailand is strengthening its tourism ties with China after the two nations inked a letter of intent in a high-profile assembly.
Dark and Tourism Minister, Hu Heping, and Thailand’s Tourism and Sports Minister, Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, signed the Letter of Intent between the TAT and China Tourism Group Travel Services.
As 2023 marks forty eight years of diplomacy between the 2 countries, it additionally marks 17 years of cooperation between their tourism sectors. According to Thailand Business News, the TAT Governor spoke of future opportunities.
“During the meeting, there may be additionally a discussion on a possibility to collaborate on organising the Moon Festival in Thailand. This would help to further strengthen relationships amongst the public and private sectors as well as the folks of China and Thailand.”
The Mid-Autumn Festival, Moon Festival, or Mooncake Festival shall be held on September 29, 2023.
As Thailand has the largest Chinatown in the world, it is one of five international locations that holds the largest Chinese New Year celebrations exterior of China.
The TAT and China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the Chinese Embassy in Thailand have already got plans underway for the Chinese New Year.
Meanwhile, Hu Heping highlighted Chinese President Xi Jinping’s current visit to Thailand to attend the 29th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Bangkok. He says the occasion was important for strengthening the ties between the two nations.
He furthered that the Chinese government recognised the significance of tourism and cultural change between the two nations. This has been evident in China’s earlier plans to renew outbound tourism after reversing its zero Covid policy.
Thailand was one of 20 pilot international locations for China’s outbound tourism testing, which Beijing later hailed its Covid-19 travel reversal as a “miracle.”
As Thailand opened its doorways to Chinese tourists, the nation saw 161,540 arriving within the kingdom from January 1 to February 15.
That number is only expected to develop to 300,000 within the first three months of 2023. And, a projected total of seven to eight million Chinese tourist arrivals was made for this 12 months.
In 2019, the variety of Chinese vacationers to Thailand totalled 11 million, but as Thailand has seen a 60% restoration of its pre-pandemic tourism levels, catching up is probably not far off.
Overall, Thailand expects to see 26 million international guests this year bringing 2.4 trillion baht in revenue or 80% of the pre-pandemic degree..

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