Beijing, September 9 (Zhongxin Net) -- Thailand can't sit still and has begun to use the visa-free policy to attract Chinese tourists.

According to CCTV news reports, on September 9, Thailand's cabinet meeting decided to implement a five-month visa-free policy for Chinese tourists.

After the news was announced, the search for air tickets and hotels in Thailand soared on online travel platforms.

Among them, half an hour after the news was announced, the popularity of Thailand-related searches on Ctrip's platform soared by 800% month-on-month.

Qunar big data shows that after the release of the policy, the search volume of Thai air tickets on the platform increased by more than 1% compared with the same time last week, and the search volume of Thai hotels increased by <> times compared with the same time last week. At present, the number of bookings for the "November" holiday has begun to increase, and after the implementation of the visa-free policy in Thailand, the number of travel bookings to Thailand is expected to increase again.

Tongcheng travel data shows that after the release of the visa-free news, Chinese tourists' attention and search popularity for Thailand have increased significantly, and as of 9pm on September 13, Thailand-related travel search volume increased by 3% compared with the same period yesterday. At present, the popular routes that users pay more attention to include "Bangkok + Pattaya", "Bangkok + Phuket", "Phuket", "Bangkok + Pattaya + Koh Samet" and so on.

The person in charge of Tongcheng Travel and Vacation Products said that Thailand's announcement of visa-free before the Mid-Autumn Festival National Day holiday not only saved passengers' visa processing time, but also shortened the travel planning cycle of tourists, which gave a substantial boost to tourists' travel to Thailand during the holiday. Thailand's Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phuket and Pattaya have always been popular destinations for Chinese tourists, and these popular destinations are expected to welcome a wave of tourists during the Mid-Autumn Festival National Day Golden Week.

As of September 9, the number of searches related to Qunar's outbound and group tour products on Qunar soared 13.3 times month-on-month, and the top 7 destinations for outbound hotel bookings during the "5th" holiday were: Hong Kong, Thailand, Macau, South Korea, and Malaysia. (End)