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Tourism Authority of Thailand signs MoU with Shandong Provincial Tourism Administration

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In an attempt to tap the potential of Chinas second most populous province, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has just signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Shandong Provincial Tourism Administration (SPTA) to explore the mutual benefits of closer tourism co-operation.

Representing TAT at the MoU signing was TAT Governor Mrs. Phornsiri Manoharn, who expressed confidence that the new Sino-Thai agreement will be sustainable and draw a significant influx of tourism, trade and investment traffic from Chinas eastern province.

The tourism industry is currently one of Thailands largest income-earners. In China, too, the travel and tourism sector is experiencing tremendous growth and has become one of the worlds most promising emerging markets both as a popular global travel destination and as Asias largest source of outbound tourists. Shandong, with a population of over 90 million and the countrys eighth highest per capita income, is an important economic zone.

Jinan and Qingdao, the provinces two major cities, boast transport links to both Japan and Korea. Furthermore, the city of Qingdao is home to two of the countrys best-known brand names: Tsingtao, Chinas best-selling beer, and electrical appliance giant, Haier. With regard to Thailand, statistically, approximately 300,000 tourists from Shandong and nearby provinces visit the country annually.

SPTA will co-operate with TAT through a number of efforts that include tourism promotion, regular information exchanges, annual visits by both sides to assess progress, and periodic get-togethers to set new directions and goals.

Signed on June 19, 2008, this Memorandum of Understanding will remain in effect for a period of five years, after which time it may be extended for a further period to be agreed upon by both parties.

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