As the majority of foreigners signing up under the special tourist visa (STV) are from China, Thailand may gradually build up this market for a healthier rebound of around 7.4 million arrivals next year, says the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).
Thailand has implemented a reopening plan this month through the STV scheme, which allows 317 tourists from China to visit the country after almost seven months of border restrictions.
TAT governor Yuthasak Supasorn said the agency still has to monitor this market closely as the number of tourists in the initial stage is very small.
Based on the TAT's strategic plan for 2021, it expects Chinese arrivals to total 7.45 million, assuming travel restrictions are relaxed.
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