‘We can bring A-listers to Thailand’: PM Srettha plans concerts, visa-free travel to boost tourism

BANGKOK – Thailand’s Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin said on Feb 22 his government plans to roll out more measures to boost tourism, including incentives to lure global artistes to stimulate South-east Asia’s second-biggest economy.

Speaking at a government forum, he said the tourism industry was expected to grow enormously over the next four years, as it recovers from record lows caused by the pandemic.

Mr Srettha also mentioned musician Taylor Swift’s highly-anticipated, sold-out concerts in Singapore next month, saying Thailand should aim for similar events.

“We can bring A-listers and world-class acts to Thailand. This must be done,” he said.

He added the government will offer visa-free travel, change the rules on drinking alcohol at concerts, and adjust operating hours of entertainment venues and when alcohol can be sold.

Thailand has waived visas for citizens of China, India and other countries in an effort to attract tourism dollars.

It received about 28 million foreign tourists last year versus a record of nearly 40 million in pre-pandemic, with spending of 1.91 trillion baht (S$71 billion). This year, the government expects about 34 to 35 million foreign visitors. REUTERS


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