A temple in Bangkok (Source: VNA)

Bangkok (VNA) – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is mapping out a plan to attract more tourists from Asia, especially holidaymakers from China.

A TAT delegation is scheduled to pay a working trip to Chinese cities, including Jinan, Shijiazhuang, Zhengzhou and Wuhan, from March 26-30 to seek partners.

The authority will also arrange a visit to China for representatives from travel companies, which are members of the Association of Thai Travel Agents (ATTA), where they will meet partners of 30-40 Chinese travel firms to discuss ways to increase the flow of visitors from this market.

In the first two months of 2018, Thailand welcomed 2.2 million tourists from China. The country expects 38 million tourists overall this year, including more than 10 million from China.

As part of the plan, TAT also had a working session with 20 Thai travel agents in February, focusing on measures to lure more high-class holidaymakers who have annual average incomes of 60,000 USD upwards.

Recently, the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) launched a railway connecting the capital city of Thailand with Pattaya – a popular tourist destination in the country. The move is expected to help raise the number of visitors to Thailand in general and Pattaya in particular.-VNA