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The Tourism Authority of Thailand will invite selected Chinese media to Thailand for talks to clear up a misunderstanding among Chinese media and tourists that Thai people do not like Chinese tourists because of their inappropriate manners.
TAT governor Yutthasak Supasorn said on Tuesday that the CCTV, Sin Hua website, People Daily and @Mangu had been invited to send representatives to see him and his senior officials for discussion regarding the anti-Chinese tourists sentiment in the social media.
The governor explained that just a fraction of Chinese tourists had problem about their manners which have resented quite a few Thais. He reiterated that Thai people in general welcome Chinese tourists because they brought a lot of revenues into Thailand and Thai people.
As for Chinese tourists who visit Thailand by driving their cars through Myanmar into Chiang Rai province, Mr Yutthasak said that the Land Transport Department decided on June 27 to make some changes to the rules about driving in Thailand by Chinese tourists.
He said several Chinese drivers were caught unprepared by the rules changes, making them unable to bring their cars into Chiang Rai. The new rules are applied to all and not just for Chinese tourists, he added.
The TAT governor went on saying Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha had instructed officials and tourism-related business to brace themselves for a possible influx of Chinese tourists in the next couple of years “hence, there is no way that Thai people hate or look down on Chinese tourists.”
It was reported that CCTV has offered to act as a go-between to create better understanding among Chinese tourists that they are welcomed in Thailand.