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Chinese tourists join Thai Prime Minister Settha Thaweesin at Suvarnabhumi Airport on the first day of the visa-free period

Thailand is expecting a large influx of tourists from China during the "Golden Week" holiday period from September 29th to October 6th.

"Golden Week" is a traditional period of extended holidays in celebration of the founding of the People's Republic of China.

According to the Chinese newspaper Global Times, the travel agency UTour Group anticipates a 500% increase in demand for tourism during the upcoming holidays in China. Key destinations for tourism include Thailand, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, and the United Kingdom.

Data on the number of tourists arriving in Thailand since the beginning of 2023

The website also reported an 800% surge in travel-related search queries related to trips to Thailand after the Thai government announced the visa exemption for Chinese citizens from September 25, 2023, to February 29, 2024.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand expects that by the end of the year, the country will have welcomed at least five million Chinese tourists. As of August, 2.2 million tourists from China had already arrived in Thailand since the beginning of the year.

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