Minister to the Thai Prime Minister's Office Kobsak Phutrakul said that the tourism stimulus packages would help boost the Thai economy as the global economic situation has imposed adverse impacts on Thai exports.

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The stimulus measures are aimed at attracting more tourists to push for the country's gross domestic product (GDP) growth to reach 3 percent, said Kobsak.

As for short-term measures to spur the economy, Kobsak said the Thai Government would review laws and regulations to support the use of e-wallets by foreign tourists and to promote domestic tourism among expat groups.

Working hours of two border check points will be extended to 24 hours during weekends and long holiday and issuance of electronic visa (E-visa) will be accelerated for Chinese tourists, he added.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) expected this year's tourism income will increase to 1.12 trillion baht (36.76 billion USD), or about 10-20 percent growth from the previous target of 1.05 trillion baht (34.46 billion USD).

Source: VNA