Bangkok, 14 December 2023 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) welcomed over 9,000 Chinese entrepreneurs on agricultural products and technology from all over China attending a one-day conference on 8 December at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre in Bangkok.
Jointly presiding over the welcome ceremony were Ms. Thapanee Kiatphaibool, TAT Governor, General Chotianantpreecha Saphiran Special Expert of the Royal Thai Army, Former commander of the Anti-aircraft Artillery Brigade, and Judge of the Central Military Court, Ms Apinya Pramoj, President of the Thai-Chinese Trade and Asia Economy Association, and Mr. Jiang Zhengjun, Chairman of Heilongjiang Liangtou Grain Investment Group – the conference’s organiser.
Ms. Thapanee said “With Thailand now granting visa exemption to Chinese tourists, this conference reflects the market’s confidence in Thailand. The hosting of 9,000 participants under one roof also showcases Thailand’s ability to host large business events and strengthens the country’s position as the preferred destination for Chinese travellers.”
TAT expects the conference to shine a spotlight on the business events or MICE – Meeting, Incentive, Convention and Exhibition – industry while helping to spread income to relevant sectors across the length and breadth of Thailand.
Thailand has waived the tourist visa for passport holders of the People’s Republic of China from 25 September 2023 to 29 February 2024. During the period, Chinese tourists will be granted a temporary visa exemption for a 30-day stay for the purpose of tourism in Thailand.
From 1 January to 3 December 2023, Thailand welcomed 3,130,029 Chinese visitors. Of the top five visitor markets, China ranked second after Malaysia and before South Korea, India, and Russia.