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Thailand joins hands with China to crack down on zero-dollar tourist scams

The Tourism and Sports Ministry and the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) agreed to set up a working group to exchange information in bid to crack down on illegal tour companies of the two countries.

Mr. Phongphanu Sawetarundra, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, disclosed that the Ministry of Tourism and Sports and CNTA have agreed to set up the working group to exchange information in effort to reduce zero-dollar tourist scams and crack down on local nominees who might help the Chinese run businesses illegally.

The number of Chinese arrivals to Thailand during the first five months dropped slightly by five percent due to the crackdown on illegal tour operators.

However, that number is expected to increase in the second half of the year and Thailand will welcome 9.5 million Chinese throughout this year, up by seven percent from last year. Thailand is expected to welcome 10-12 million Chinese next year.




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