Ah yes, another travel bubble proposal. This time with India.
Thailand hopes to repair its plundered tourist economy by attracting more Indian tourists through a new scheme between the two countries known as the Thai-Indian air travel bubble. A spokesperson for the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration said the ATB will provide additional convenience for people traveling between Thailand and India, even though there are still Covid-19 restrictions.
In the past, the Thai Ministry of Tourism and Sports predicted that there would be 20% more Indian visitors to Thailand by 2030.
Thailand is particularly interested in attracting young, sophisticated and professional Indian tourists. The vice chairman of the Tourism Council of Thailand and the Indo-Thai Chamber of Commerce says India is a high-value tourism market given that it has 600-700 million people aged 29 and under.
“The country also has a growing number of new millionaires.”
85% of Indian travelers to Thailand are on vacation. Around 1.9 million tourists came to Thailand from India in 2019. The CCSA spokesperson said that the average Indian traveler to Thailand spends around 44,700 baht in 7 days on their trip.
The TCT and ITCC Vice President added that airlines and ticket agents as well as Covid-19 control authorities will be important in the new travel bubble plan. Thailand and India began talks last month of boosting trade, tourism and maritime relations. Just as Indians make up a large portion of tourists to Thailand, many Thais enjoy visiting Buddhist sites in India.
THE SOURCE: Bangkok Post