Chinese tourists could enjoy a visa-free programme to boost tourism if the scheme is approved by the government. (Bangkok Post photo) The Tourism and Sports Ministry plans to seek the cabinet’s approval for a scheme to offer visa exemptions to visitors from China and India for one year.If the idea is approved, it will become effective from the start of November through Oct 31, 2020, said Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn. "Free visas is the ministry's must urgent stimulus policy, without which tourism arrival growth might not reach our target," Mr Phiphat said. The visa exemption will allow travel in Thailand for 15 days. Tourism, a key economic engine, has been weakened because of the slow global economy. The ministry reports 19.76 million tourists visited Thailand in the first half, a rise of just 1.48% from the same period of 2018. The number of visitors from China, Thailand’s biggest tourism source market, declined by 4.73% over the … [Read more...] about Visa exemptions for Chinese, Indians to be submitted to cabinet
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Visa exemption called for as tourism drags AirAsia chief says industry needs more stimulus, and region's airports need more capacity Chiang Mai and other provinces in Thailand await more tourists. (Photo by Pattarapong Chatpattarasill) The government is being urged to make big tourism markets, notably China and India, visa-exempt as part of attempts to revive sluggish tourism.Tassapon Bijleveld, chief executive of Asia Aviation Plc (AAV), the major shareholder of Thai AirAsia, said the government must offer new incentives to lure foreign visitors amid the slowdown in the tourism sector. Stimulus plans should be introduced because the growth in the number of foreign arrivals has slowed considerably, he said. Foreign arrivals grew by 1.5% to 19.76 million in the first half of the year. Visitors from China, the biggest tourism market for Thailand, were down 4.7% at 5.65 million. The government should immediately consider extending the waiver of … [Read more...] about Visa exemption called for as tourism drags
COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka’s tourism industry, badly hurt by Easter day bombings, is showing signs of gradual recovery, industry executives say, although a national election later this year is likely to weigh on holiday season arrivals. The island nation’s tourism sector, one of the country’s top revenue streams, suffered a massive blow following April 21 Islamist militant bombings of churches and luxury hotels, which killed more than 250 people, including 42 foreign nationals. Tourist arrivals from Europe and Asia-Pacific, which together account for 90% of the total visitors to Sri Lanka, nearly halved in July from a year ago, according to the latest data from the country’s Tourism Development Authority. SriLankan Airlines, the country’s lone carrier, will likely post a loss of as much as $160 million in the financial year to end-March 2020 as it lost business after the attacks, its chief executive officer told Reuters. To be sure, Sri Lanka is … [Read more...] about Sri Lanka tourism industry begins to recover after attacks,…
Gerry Shih Associated Press Published 2:22 p.m. UTC May 28, 2018 Almaty, Kazakhstan — Hour upon hour, day upon day, Omir Bekali and other detainees in far western China’s new indoctrination camps had to disavow their Islamic beliefs, criticize themselves and their loved ones and give thanks to the ruling Communist Party. When Bekali, a Kazakh Muslim, refused to follow orders each day, he was forced to stand at a wall for five hours at a time. A week later, he was sent to solitary confinement, where he was deprived of food for 24 hours. After 20 days in the heavily guarded camp, he wanted to kill himself. “The psychological pressure is enormous, when you have to criticize yourself, denounce your thinking — your own ethnic group,” said Bekali, who broke down in tears as he described the camp. “I still think about it every night, until the sun rises. I can’t sleep. The thoughts are with me all the time.” Since last spring, Chinese … [Read more...] about China’s re-education camps evoke Mao
Published 5:00 am, Friday, May 4, 2018 Photo: Marie D. De Jesus, Houston Chronicle / Houston Chronicle Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Matt McCarroll, is founder, President and CEO of Fieldwood Energy LLC, the largest operator on the Gulf of Mexico Shelf. The company recently emerged from bankruptcy protection. Thursday, April 19, 2018, in Houston. ( Marie D. De Jesus / Houston Chronicle ) less Matt McCarroll, is founder, President and CEO of Fieldwood Energy LLC, the largest operator on the Gulf of Mexico Shelf. The company recently emerged from bankruptcy protection. Thursday, April 19, 2018, in ... more Photo: Marie D. De Jesus, Houston Chronicle / Houston Chronicle What does future hold for the offshore sector? 1 / 1 Back to Gallery What does the future hold for offshore drilling? Matt McCarroll, CEO of … [Read more...] about What does future hold for the offshore sector?