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Thailand says visa on arrival fee jump will not hit China, India

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said that the country's tourism is expected to keep growing and generate $75 billion throughout 2016, adding that the coming visa on arrival fee hike may not hit Chinese and Indian markets.

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In the first nine months of 2016, Thailand's tourism industry is expected to generate a total of $54 billion for the Thai economy, which would be a 14 percent increase compared with same period in 2015, said TAT governor Yuthasak Supason in a press release, adding that a total of 24.94 million foreign tourists are expected to contribute 36 billion.

For the last quarter of 2016, TAT expects the tourism industry to generate $20 billion, including $14 billion from 9 million foreign tourists.

However, Thailand's immigration authorities declared earlier that they will begin imposing new charges for visas on arrival from Sept. 27, raising the current fee of 1,000 baht ($29) to 2,000 baht (58).

The visa on arrival fee hike was criticized by Bangkok post as "goes against the county's numerous campaigns to attract more tourists."

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