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Boosting Border Tourism and Trade through Transport Infrastructure

October 23, 2013 Destination Thailand No Comments Email Email

13292193731pThe Government has stated that it attaches importance to boosting border tourism and trade through transport infrastructure connecting with neighboring countries.
In the weekly program “Yingluck Government Meets the People” on 19 October 2013, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra spoke from the northeastern province of Nong Khai, where she chaired a meeting to follow up on the revision of the Nong Khai Provincial Development Plan.

The Prime Minister said that, in order to achieve the target of 2.2 trillion baht in tourism revenue by 2015, the Government has carried out projects to link transportation routes to facilitate the travel of tourists. In particular, the two-trillion-baht transport infrastructure program would also contribute to tourism growth and development. Moreover, she said, the Government has given a boost to eco-tourism and health tourism. In this regard, she called for natural resource and environmental conservation to promote natural tourism.

Apart from developing transportation links with neighboring countries, the Prime Minister said that the Government was stepping up safety for tourists. For instance, it has increased the number of security personnel in major tourism destinations. Closed-circuit television cameras have been installed in tourist cities, and the Royal Thai Police is working in an integrated manner with other agencies in providing assistance and taking care of tourists more closely.

She stated that tourist courts have also been established in Pattaya, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Samui Island, Krabi, and two locations in Bangkok – Pathum Wan and Dusit districts – to expedite the judicial process for foreign tourists and provide them with better protection. She said that Thai people would be urged to learn more foreign languages, so that they would be able to communicate with numerous international tourists from various countries.

Concerning border trade, the Prime Minister said that there are currently 91 border checkpoints in 26 provinces. Border trade has great potential for further growth. Thailand’s border trade now stands at about 900 billion baht annually. In Nong Khai alone, border trade is worth around 40 billion baht.

Aware of the importance of border trade, she said, the Government has improved various border checkpoints, with better safety measures and modern facilities. The Government’s two-trillion-baht investment in infrastructure development would also help develop logistics in border areas. The National Single Window would be introduced, as well. It is an electronic system that enables secure, safe, and efficient electronic exchange of trade-related documents through a single point of entry.

The Prime minister added that policy and measures to boost cross-border trade and investment would be discussed further by relevant agencies and that several border areas would be upgraded as special economic zones. A committee has been formed to look into this matter.

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