TAT campaign for longer visa on arrival times

18th Jan 2023

Busy Airport

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has established a few objectives to help encourage increasing tourism. To promote more flights into Thailand during the peak travel season, they also appeal for the continuation of longer visa-on-arrival terms.

Semantics have prevented Thailand from growing more quickly, despite a steady rise in foreign visitors. For instance, with the abrupt reopening of borders for Chinese tourists travelling abroad, tour operators and travel agencies in China have been trying to figure out the practicalities of transporting large groups.

However, adding flights to routes and schedules to accommodate travellers' requests to fly into Thailand is much more challenging. Takeoff and landing time slots must be discussed with and approved by air traffic controllers.Chinese airlines have contacted Thailand's Civil Aviation Authority to increase flight numbers to levels seen before the epidemic hit the country's tourist industry.

Airlines must fill the seats on such planes and add more flights. The flight load capacity must exceed 90% during the peak season, which spans from November to March, according to TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn.

The TAT is persistent in attracting high-spending visitors to Thailand and expanding the number of flights. The goal is for 25 million international visitors to Thailand to bring in 2.38 trillion baht in tourist earnings.

Letting them remain longer is one tactic for reaching this objective of a more significant expenditure per traveler. Yuthasak committed to lobbying the government to support the extension of the 30-day visa on arrival or visa exemption period to 45 days for tourists visiting Thailand.

To allow visitors to remain in Thailand until the end of this year, TAT will propose an extension of the 30-day visa on arrival.

The TAT will also continue with the fifth stage of the "Rao Tiew Duay Kan" (We Travel Together) programme, which aims to promote domestic travel inside Thailand. Once the Cabinet accepts the plan, they want to increase domestic tourism earnings to 1 trillion Thai Baht.

Under the "Visit Thailand Year 2023: Amazing New Chapters" programme, which will employ the nation's soft power to entice overseas visitors, the TAT will also promote travel to Thailand. The goal is to promote a favourable image of Thailand and draw attention to the distinctive experiences and culture the nation offers.