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Thailand: Road links believed to boost regional tourism

The number of tourist arrivals in Thailand from neighbouring countries are anticipated to greatly increase in the foreseeable future…

The number of tourist arrivals in Thailand from neighbouring countries are anticipated to greatly increase in the foreseeable future, thanks to road link projects in the region.

As tourism businesses in Thailand are preparing marketing strategies to attract more foreign tourists from the region through the road link projects, which will be materialized within coming years, their counterpart in Vietnam, for example, are also discussing measures to attract more tourists from Thailand and Laos.

One of the regional road link projects is to connect Thailand`s northeastern Mukdahan Province with Suwannakhet in Laos, and the Danang Port City in Vietnam through the Second Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge, which is scheduled to be opened in 2006.

The Thai government is also working out on other road links projects with other neighbouring countries, including the one connecting Thailand with Kunming in southern China through Myanmar, and the one going from Thailand straigth southward to Singapore through Malaysia.

A large group of Thai tourists, carried by a caravan or 30 buses, will visit Vietnam soon, including the former Dien Bien Phu battle field, according to a news report of Vietnam News Agency (VNA).

However, to raise the number of tourists travelling by road, the Thai and Vietnamese governments are to have an agreement on right-hand drive vehicles from Thailand to Vietnam.

While awaiting the agreement, Vietnam would take suitable methods to welcome visitors from Thailand, who will travel by road, to take part in major tourism programmes in Vietnam, namely the Year of Dien Bien Phu 2004, the Hue Festival, and Heritage Roads in the Central, said the VNA news report, disseminated to TNA last night.

The number of Thai visitors in Vietnam and vice versa is expected to remarkably increase if the right-hand drive vehicles deal becomes effective in the future.

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