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Thailand extends the waiver for VOA fee up to October 31

Posted on May 27, 2019
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Thailand has announced that it has extended the waiver for Visa-on-arrival fee up to 31 October this year. It is expected that this will boost the arrivals of tourists to Thailand from the Visakhapatnam region in India. The fee is Rs 4, 389 or THB 2,000.

A low-cost direct service to Bangkok from Vishakhapatnam has been launched by Air Asia in Thailand from 8 December 2018. It has started a special campaign to enhance the arrivals of tourists to Thailand. This is from Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Rajamahendravaram, Kakinada, and Visakhapatnam areas.

The waiver for Visa-on-arrival fee includes India and twenty more nations.  It was scheduled to end on 30 April 30. It was initially offered from 15 November 2018 to 31 March 2019.

The average numbers of overseas tourists’ arrivals are around 3.8 million after the waiver. Earlier, the authorities noticed a decline of travellers arriving from Sri Lanka, the US, India, China, and other nations.

Srinivas Padhi Secretary of Tours and Travels Association of Andhra said that a huge rise in numbers of holiday travellers to Thailand is anticipated. He said that the numerous attractions of Thailand include wildlife sanctuaries, Buddhist temples, water sports, rainforests, beach resorts, and martial arts. The nation also has a wide range of Indian and diverse cuisine food, star hotel accommodation, and low-budget airfare. These make a travel offer to Thailand tempting to miss with its many tourist spots including Phuket and Bangkok.

The recent series of blasts in Sri Lanka can also divert tourists to Thailand said Padhi. Many repeat travellers prefer the island nation and visit Colombo for trying luck at casinos and spending leisure time at resorts on the secluded beachside. They may now opt for Thailand, he added, as quoted by the Hindu.

Airbus-320 of Thai Air Asia is having a capacity to seat 180 people. The time to travel to Bangkok from Visakhapatnam is around 3 hours. There are 4 flights per week operated by Thai Air Asia. Another low-cost operator Nok Air is waiting for approval for operating flight services to Bangkok from Visakhapatnam.

The occupancy of the Air Asia flights is around 160 to 150 seats. It is now making efforts to enhance the occupancy in the return flights.

The travel industry sources have said that the extension of the waiver for VOA fee will induce a great response. The demand will peak now as elections and examination seasons are over, they added.

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