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作者: 来源: 日期:2016/8/26 9:14:42

Thailand raises entry visa fees for non-western tourists





Deadly bomb blasts in Thai tourist resort areas have failed to deter the country’s military rulers from raising entry fees for holidaymakers from 19 countries and territories, including China.



The decision to press ahead with plans to double visa-on-arrival costs to 2,000 baht ($58) has generated mixed reviews, with some commentators arguing it will undermine efforts to shore up confidence in a rare growth industry in the stuttering economy.



The tariff changes widen the disparity between Chinese holidaymakers and western counterparts who can still visit for free, even though the doubling of Thailand’s tourist numbers in six years has been driven by China.



The higher charges appear to reflect official ambivalence in Bangkok towards a sector that has delivered income during political turbulence but is putting increasing strain on infrastructure.



Chanapan Klaewklachyawut, secretary-general of the Thai-Chinese Tourism Alliance Association, said: “This extra charge is not much for Chinese tourists. If they can’t even afford this amount, how will they have enough money to spend on travelling in Thailand?”

泰中旅游同业公会(Thai-Chinese Tourism Alliance Association)秘书长Chanapan Klaewklachyawut表示:“这笔额外费用对中国游客不算多。如果他们连这笔钱都负担不起,他们在泰国旅游期间还会有足够的钱花销吗?”


The Thai government announced last week that the new charges would come into force next month, weeks after bomb attacks across tourist resorts in south Thailand killed four people and wounded dozens more, some of them foreigners.



The fees lift Thailand out of the bracket of visas-on-arrival for $40 or less charged by other Southeast Asian holiday-maker destinations, such as Cambodia and Indonesia.



Some Thai commentators have questioned both the decision to raise the prices and the timing of the announcement, which follow approval by the military-dominated cabinet earlier this year.



The Bangkok Post newspaper this week condemned the “outrageous” change as “out of sync with every other current tourist policy”, particularly as Taiwan, one of the other territories affected, has just scrapped its visa requirement for Thai tourists.

《曼谷邮报》(Bangkok Post)本周谴责这一“离谱”的变动,称其“与其它每一项现行旅游政策不合拍”,尤其是台湾这个受影响的地区之一刚刚取消了针对泰国游客的签证要求。


The increases are particularly striking because China has provided almost half the more than 15m extra arrivals that have lifted Thailand’s foreign tourism visitor numbers from 14.15m in 2009 to 29.88m last year. The boom is apparent in the snaking queues at Bangkok’s Don Mueang airport for taxi ranks and at immigration desks that proclaim the official policy of “Good guys in, bad guys out”.

令签证费上涨格外引人注目的是,中国提供了过去六年逾1500万新增入境游客人数中的近一半,这些新增游客使泰国的外国游客人数从2009年的1415万人增至去年的2988万人。这种繁荣体现于曼谷廊曼机场(Don Mueang airport)出租车上车处和入境检查柜台的蛇形队列;泰国出入境部门宣称其官方政策是“好人进来,坏人出去”。广州泰语翻译公司。


Some observers link the visa price rise to official efforts to attract more high-spending visitors and draw away from the cheaper — and seedier — elements of Thailand’s tourist success story.



Photos and videos have surfaced alleging various episodes of spitting and other bad mannered behaviour by Chinese tourists, who have flocked in particular to temples and other sites featured in a hugely popular 2012 road trip movie called Lost in Thailand.

近年流传的照片和视频据称记录了中国游客吐痰和其它不良行为。2012年出品的旅游电影《人再囧途之泰囧》(Lost in Thailand)票房极为成功,片中出现的泰国寺庙和其他景点如今挤满了中国游客。广州泰语翻译公司。


Some tourism sector insiders including Ctrip, the leading Chinese online travel booking website, argue the higher fees could even be a good thing, because they will help ease the congestion that rapid expansion has brought.



Additional reporting by Sherry Ju in Beijing and Panvadee Uraisin in Bangkok

Sherry Ju北京和Panvadee Uraisin曼谷补充报道