Thailand, China plan bilateral tourist visa waiver

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Chinese tourists in BangkokChina and Thailand are planning to start a visa exemption programme for citizens of both countries by September 2013, local media reported.

The programme would potentially send “at least” 5 millions of Chinese visitors annually to Thailand and boost ties between the two nations, Thailand’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said, and would also “boost trade and investment.”

Currently, around 2 million Chinese tourists come to Thailand per year on a 15-day visa that costs $25.

Chinese travel agencies said that they expected Thailand’s popularity amongst “white-collar mainland tourists” to soar after September. The country’s profile in China rose after the release of the 2012 mainland comedy film Lost in Thailand, which generated more than $193 million at the Chinese box office (see trailer below).

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China and Thailand are planning to start a visa exemption programme for citizens of both countries by September 2013, local media reported.

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Chinese tourists in BangkokChina and Thailand are planning to start a visa exemption programme for citizens of both countries by September 2013, local media reported.

The programme would potentially send “at least” 5 millions of Chinese visitors annually to Thailand and boost ties between the two nations, Thailand’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said, and would also “boost trade and investment.”

Currently, around 2 million Chinese tourists come to Thailand per year on a 15-day visa that costs $25.

Chinese travel agencies said that they expected Thailand’s popularity amongst “white-collar mainland tourists” to soar after September. The country’s profile in China rose after the release of the 2012 mainland comedy film Lost in Thailand, which generated more than $193 million at the Chinese box office (see trailer below).

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