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Thailand targeting specific Chinese provinces for “tourism bubble”

Jack Burton



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Thailand’s minister of tourism and sports says his ministry will target specific provinces in China in a bid to attract tourists back to the resort island of Phuket as travel restrictions are gradually eased. Pipat Ratchakijprakarn says the ministry will not splash out money launching a tourist campaign all across China but rather target some of the many provinces that have brought Covid-19 under control.

He didn’t specify which provinces, but said Phuket is being eyed to lead the planned “tourism bubbles” comprising Thailand and its selected partners. The primary target is selected Chinese cities and provinces.

“China is the first market with potential, because flying time to Thailand is less than six hours.”

Other markets being discussed include South Korea, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and some south east Asian countries.

Before the pandemic, 1 in every 4 foreign visitors to Thailand was Chinese. There were almost 40 million foreign arrivals last year.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.



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    Terry Willliams

    July 3, 2020 at 6:11 pm

    Makes me laugh 🙂

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    Albert Leismann

    July 4, 2020 at 4:33 am

    I can not follow anymore the way of thinking. there are still many foreigner around the world which have Family waiting in Thailand for there return.
    It is hard to understand that Foreigner with Family’s living in Thailand which are not Thai Nationality are not mention in any group for return.
    there are also many pensioner,(retirement visa holder) with investment in condo or which spending plenty of money all year over in Thailand still can not return.
    Foreigner married but wife which are not Thai can also not return, Foreigner with kids which are not thai nationality can not return. KIND OF DISCRIMINATION!
    But wellness Tourist with up to 3 accompanying persons can come in in July.

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    Luca Soffiato

    July 7, 2020 at 6:42 pm

    Very very sad news!!! As I have predicted the wealthy rich people that control the Chinese tourism sector in Phuket are pushing hard to gain back they dirty business, Buses which You only see stop at latex factory, fake jewelry factory, restaurants, tour-boat,all belongs to those people and those people only, no one gets benefits if not them.
    They bring here people that had made a garbage of Thailand’s sea and they not respect the nature on this beautiful islands.
    They should promote more for local tourism is the only way to save Phuket.

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    July 11, 2020 at 12:46 pm

    We were considering Thailand for a while, but now hearing thailand planning to bring mass of chinese as tourists we changed our mind. I guess Thais know better what is better for them, saftey or money.

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