It Doesn’t Make Sense

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I’m sure many of you have seen the recent reports regarding tourist numbers coming into Thailand. Supposedly, records are being broken this year, with more tourists coming here than ever before.

Following this great news, we then get the report coming from the Royal Thai Embassies that the 1,000 baht fee for a single entry tourist visa for all nationalities from Dec 1st 2016 to 28 February 2017, will be waived. Furthermore, the notice also states that during the same period, the Visa on Arrival (VoA) fee will be decreased from 2,000 baht to 1,000 baht for those who are entitled to apply for the VoA.

Again, great news, but if tourist numbers were really up as has been reported, why would Visa fees be reduced? Surely the logical explanation is that due to poor tourist numbers, visa fees are being reduced in order to encourage people to come here.

Don’t’ get me wrong here, I’m not complaining. Reducing visa fees has benefits for everyone, just seems a little strange, that’s all.

Let us know your thoughts…..

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  • Fred England

    Because someone knows the real tourist numbers NOT the made up ones.

  • amazingthailand

    Nevertheless bangkok is the 3rd biggest worlddestination after paris and not sure probably london

  • Homebrew

    Last year, near my Soi, busses of tourists jammed the parking areas day and night, and the hotel was full regularly. This year, it is a ghost town, and the resort has laid off 50% of the staff. I’m loving the relative peace and quiet, but the drop in visitors is drastic. Eliminating the zero dollar tours had a lot to do with it, but there are far less tourists around now on their own as well.

  • Dr. Winston O’Boogie

    I can’t remember where I read how they doctor the numbers but the way they do it is simple: Whether you are a tourist or not, they are just counting the amount of people entering the country. For example, if you live here, but have to fly to Singapore for a business trip, when you re-enter the country, you are being counted as a tourist and this goes on and on.

  • ken

    Around 10 years ago the powers that be in Pattaya and Thailand as a whole officially turned their back on the traditional single male Western tourists that had been frequenting Thailand for years, and turned their attention to the ”quality family tourist”.
    Initially the Russians were going to be the saviour of Thai tourism, but when they all but dried up, the Chinese became the focus of attention. Of course in the meantime they are still happy to keep taking money from those that they no longer welcome. Just the usual Thai double standards.
    Now all they can do is falsify figures in order to mislead and brainwash, that is of course untill they start chasing the next rainbow.