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Government boosting tourism with disaster prevention plans and visa exemption
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14 August 2012
A master plan has been mapped out for disaster prevention and mitigation to promote safe travel in Thailand. The Cabinet, during a meeting in August 2012, gave the green light to the master plan and also agreed to allow visitors seeking medical services to stay in Thailand for up to 90 days without visas.
This master plan on disaster prevention and mitigation consists of five strategies: from disaster prevention and counteraction, preparedness, management in times of disasters, mitigation and recovery, to international cooperation. The master plan, to be implemented from 2014 to 2018, was drawn up by the Ministry of Interior.
It will integrate cooperation from both government and private agencies on public disaster management, to create confidence in safe travel among Thais and foreigners in various destinations. It is designed to be in line with the 11th National Economic and Social Development Plan (2012-2016), which aims to improve Thailand's tourist destinations to meet international standards of safety and services.
Furthermore, the Government decided to allow six Middle Eastern nations tourists who will seek medical care in Thailand, to enter the country without a visa. The tourists are granted a stay of 90 days during medical treatment. The visa exemption is expected to help promote medical services and tourism in Thailand.
The six countries are Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United of Arab Emirates.
With its modern facilities and equipment, as well as internationally qualified medical doctors, nurses, and technical staff, Thailand is well-known for offering top-quality medical treatment at a reasonable cost, which attracts many tourists to the country each year, especially from the Middle East.
According to Mr. Visutr Buachum, Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand's Dubai and Middle East Office, the number of visitors from the Middle East to Thailand is expected to increase steadily. In 2011, 526,763 tourist arrivals increased by 20.67 percent from 2010.
Among the Middle Eastern countries, the Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and Bahrain have the highest numbers of visitor arrivals in Thailand.
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