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Thailand awaits US$1 billion Chinese tourism boost as it reaches out to India

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Thailand awaits US$1 billion Chinese tourism boost as it reaches out to India

PM Srettha Thavisin told a media forum he expects visa waivers for travellers from China to bring in some US$980 million over the next five monthsHe also plans to visit India soon to meet Narendra Modi and discuss increasing flight frequency between their nations to boost Indian tourist arrivalsThailandBloombergPublished: 10:32am, 19 Sep, 2023Why you can trust SCMP

Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin is eyeing holidaymakers from India to boost tourism days after the Southeast Asian nation unveiled visa waivers for travellers from China and Kazakhstan starting next week.Srettha said he plans to make a trip to India this year to meet his counterpart Narendra Modi and discuss increasing flight frequency between the two countries, including more services by flag carrier Thai Airways International Pcl.

“There aren’t that many incoming flights from India yet due to internal politics,” Srettha said in a media forum on Monday, referring to policies that seek to maintain capacity parity for carriers of both countries.

Air India Ltd., the former flag carrier, is in the midst of renewing its fleet and may or may not readily have enough jets to deploy on routes to Thailand should Thai Air be allowed more services to India.

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