China Opens Tourist Office in Bangkok
On the morning of June 14, China opened its tourist office in Bangkok after more than one year of preparations. CNTA vice chairman Wang Xiaofeng attended and addressed the inauguration ceremony which was honored by the presence of Charge d'Affaires of Chinese Embassy in Thailand Wu Zhiwu, Thailand’s vice minister of tourism Chavanee Tongroach, Governor of Tourism Authority of Thailand Yuthasak Supasorn, and heads of Thai tourism associations.
In his remarks, Wang noted, “Thailand is one of the first international destinations for Chinese citizens and has grown into a major source of tourists and destination for us. China is also a key source of tourists and destination for Thailand. The Bangkok tourist office will promote our bilateral tourism exchange, build up China’s popularity as an international destination and serve Chinese tourists in Thailand. This year is declared as the Year of China-ASEAN Tourism Cooperation and we will take this opportunity to jointly regulate the tourism market, improve the travel environment, ensure travel security and create a more comfortable, convenient and safer environment for Chinese and Thai tourists. We’ll continue to deepen tourism cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative and cement our bonds and friendship.”
Wu Zhiwu agreed that the tourist office in Bangkok would “help deepen Sino-Thai tourism cooperation and promote people-to-people exchange.” “China would like to work with Thailand to build more tourism cooperation platforms and translate the consensus reached by state heads into actions,” said he.
According to Ms. Chavanee Tongroach, the opening of the tourist office marked that “the tourism cooperation between China and Thailand and the ASEAN region has reached a new height. It’s an active response to the Belt and Road Initiative for international cooperation and will help propel Chinese and Thai tourism markets.”
Recent years have witnessed rapid progress in Sino-Thai tourism cooperation. In 2016, the two-way visits between them amounted to 9.5 million. China has become the biggest source of tourists for Thailand. The Bangkok office is China’s second tourist office in Southeast Asia, following the Singapore office.