Thai Cabinet Committee formally extends Special Tourist Visa

While the thought of extending the Special Tourist Visa in Thailand was introduced lately, yesterday the Thai Cabinet Committee officially permitted the extension. Unusual has been in place for one yr already, and will now proceed until a minimum of September 30, 2022, and is aimed toward attracting nicely fear foreign travellers to go to Thailand spend huge money whereas they’re here.
The Special Tourist Visa permits these elite travellers to stay between 90 and 270 days – three to 9 months – which the Tourism Authority of Thailand has hoped would draw massive spenders to pump tourism income into the Thai economy that has been so missing since the Covid-19 pandemic started.
The scheme was created with the idea that the enhance to the tourism economy with long-staying foreigners would additionally stimulate the home economy exterior of tourism, doubtlessly creating jobs and revenue for native folks and enabling opportunities for economic development. The plan was enacted at the early step within the stages of regrowing international tourism that ground to a halt due to Covid-19.
Over the previous year, solely 5,609 people travelled to Thailand on the long-stay vacationer visa, based on the Tourism and Sports Ministry. But, the officials declare that it generated over 1.2 billion baht in income for Thailand and its tourism business. That averages to just underneath 222,000 baht per traveller.
While the visa and extensions permit a stay as a lot as 270 days, a government spokesperson says the typical stay for STV holders was round 90 days. This then implies that the people attracted by the Special Tourist Visa are spending about 2,500 baht per day on common.
Many of the tourists who entered Thailand underneath the visa scheme came from China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Denmark, the Netherlands, Spain, and Croatia. After present process quarantine, most STV holders visited in style destinations in Bangkok, Surat Thani, Phuket, Udon Thani, Chon Buri, Chiang Mai, and Rayong..

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