Falling tourist numbers to Thailand prompts re-think


The Thai Ministry for Tourism and Sports says tourists visiting Thailand don’t have to worry about the mandatory requirement for travel insurance at this time.

Thailand’s tourism industry is currently experiencing some challenges, so the requirement for all visitors to have travel insurance is being postponed until 2020 or possibly a more appropriate time in the future, possibly never.

The country’s economic difficulties and rising currency have caused the government to question the wisdom of introducing such a stringent requirement at this time.

The Tourism Council of Thailand has revised down its estimate for foreign tourist numbers to 39.7 million this year, from an earlier projection of more than 40 million. A reduction in Chinese numbers is one problem.



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