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Thailand Targets Indian Tourists to Make Up for Missing Chinese

  • Indians expected to travel during Diwali holidays in November
  • Thailand to ease travel curbs next month in wider reopening
Thais Flock to Beaches As Nation Considers Protocols for Return of Foreign Tourists

Photographer: Andre Malerba/Bloomberg

Thailand is looking to attract Indian travelers during the traditional holiday season to boost its tourism-reliant economy that’s been hit hard by the absence of mass holidaymakers from countries including China.

The Thai tourism industry expects Indians to resume travel in large numbers next month during Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, said Somsong Sachaphimukh, vice president of the Thai Tourism Council. That should help spark a tourism revival as it coincides with the planned waiver of quarantine for vaccinated visitors from Nov. 1, she said.