Thailand says visa on arrival fee jump will not hit China, IndiaStaff Writer | September 2, 2016
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said that the country's tourism is expected to keep growing and generate $75 billion throughout 2016, adding that the coming visa on arrival fee hike may not hit Chinese and Indian markets.
Tourism in Asia To generate $75 billion throughout 2016
For the last quarter of 2016, TAT expects the tourism industry to generate $20 billion, including $14 billion from 9 million foreign tourists.
However, Thailand's immigration authorities declared earlier that they will begin imposing new charges for visas on arrival from Sept. 27, raising the current fee of 1,000 baht ($29) to 2,000 baht (58).
The visa on arrival fee hike was criticized by Bangkok post as "goes against the county's numerous campaigns to attract more tourists." ■