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The government tells all Thais to be generous with tourists, particularly in anticipation of an influx of Chinese tourists during the approaching Chinese New Year.
The government’s reaction came as some tourist spots were unhappy with the improper conduct of the Chinese tourists.
Deputy government spokesman Maj Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd asked Thais to keep their patience with the tourists, saying that the arrival of undesirable people is sometimes inevitable, especially now that the country has become one of the must visit destinations for foreign tourists.
He said Thai tourist attractions have over the past few years gained increased popularity among Chinese tourists, whose number usually surged highly during the Chinese New Year.
This year, the number of Thailand-bound charter flights from China during the festive season is estimated at 800-900.
Maj Gen Sansern said Thai people’s acceptance and tolerance of different types of tourists would provide a boost to the growth of tourism, which is a major source of revenue for the country.
He said that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was also seeking cooperation from Chinese tour agencies and tour leaders in disseminating knowledge about the do’s and don’ts in Thai culture to their customers prior to their arrival in the Kingdom