By The Nation
Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak said the government plans to launch a stimulus package this month to boost tourism, hoping to bring back more Chinese tourists following a decline in Chinese visitors after a tragic tour boat accident in Phuket in July.
During his road show in China to boost trade and investment between the two countries, Somkid met with executives of Spring Airlines, China’s largest budget airline, in Shanghai on Monday to discuss the tourism industry in Thailand. He said those executives were ready to cooperate with their Thai counterparts to boost Chinese tourism to Thailand.
Somkid said the government has assigned Tourism Authority of Thailand, Thai Airways International and Airports of Thailand to come up with measures to boost tourism in the last two months of this year.
Spring Airlines flies on 194 routes, both domestic and overseas. It flies 1,200 times a month to Thailand, its major destinations being Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Surat Thani and Krabi. The airline brings on average about 1 million Chinese visitors to Thailand each year, or about one-fifth of the total number of Chinese visiting Thailand.