He said the number of Chinese tourists in September plunged by 14.80 per cent compared to the same month last year and the Thai government must find ways to improve the number of visitors.
Somkid said Chinese tourists are a major group of foreign tourists for Thailand and he has instructed the Tourism Authority of Thailand to work with the Thai Airways International to come up with promotional packages for Chinese tourists in November and December.
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Somkid said THAI has also been instructed to hold talks with China Southern Airlines on cooperation of services to attract more Chinese tourists.
The deputy prime minister added that he has also instructed the Foreign Ministry to consider granting Chinese tourists visas on arrival.