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Visa-free between Thailand and China causes boom in travel searches


Thailand and China have agreed to waive visa requirements for each other’s nationals, facilitating travel and tourism between the two countries. The new measure takes effect from March 1st.

After this development, the popularity of searches related to Thailand has surged seven-fold compared to previous days in China. Notably, searches for air tickets and hotels increased by more than six times.

Data from Macau’s online travel agency, Group, show increased searches for Thailand among residents of Shanghai, Beijing, Guangdong, Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Sichuan, Shandong, and other provinces.

The most searched destinations in Thailand by Chinese tourists include Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Koh Samui, and Pattaya.

Thailand’s government initially implemented a temporary visa waiver for Chinese travelers last September. The measure is about to end in February. However, the new agreement allows the visa-free policy to stay in place.

Currently, the Thai government is discussing the possibility of legalizing casinos, a topic that has already attracted the attention of almost all major gaming operators.

READ MORE: Thailand could be a new gold rush for gaming companies: Expert

So far, Genting Singapore is the first company to announce the possibility of bidding for a gaming license in Thailand.

Viviana Chan
Viviana Chan
Viviana Chan is an editor, interpreter, and journalist. With over a decade of experience, she writes in English, Chinese, and Portuguese. Viviana started her career in Macau-based newspapers, where she became passionate about the region's social, financial, and cultural development. Her writing focuses on the economy, emerging industries, gaming development, political affairs, and cross cultural-exchange in the business and cultural domains. She is avid for news and eager to discover and cover stories that generate public relevance.