The Tourism and Sports Ministry is taking steps to reassure international tourists about safety in the country ahead of the high season.
Tourism and Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul on Tuesday invited 30 ambassadors to a banquet to discuss the tourism situation under the military government and the outlook for the remaining months of this year.
She asked the diplomats for feedback and suggestions regarding the needs of their citizens while travelling in Thailand.
Some envoys have already met with the minister and made some inquiries and gave some ideas for tourism.
"This is the first time that I am officially meeting with foreigners. But the point is to assure you that Thailand is ready to welcome all tourists and Thailand is a safe place," she told her guests.
Some big concerns that have been raised by foreigners are visas and immigration schemes, taxi problems and tourist scams.
The government is working on a multiple-entry visa that will likely be valid for six to 12 months. It is expected to go into effect in December.
The ministry is working with the Transport Ministry to crack down on rogue taxis, not only in Bangkok but also in major provinces like Phuket and Chiang Mai. Many tourists have complained about cheating, mostly by overcharging and refusing passengers.
The ministry and police are tackling the tourist-scamming problem. More tourist police and volunteers have already been added in the capital and upcountry.
The ministry plans to open tourist courts nationwide. There are six units now and there should be 15 by year-end.
A tourist fund has been established for vacationers who need financial assistance while travelling in the country.
The ministry is planning to launch a campaign for the first time called "Muslim Friendly Destination", which will target Muslim nations.
The ministry yesterday reported 1.7 million international arrivals from May 1-25, up 28 per cent from same time last year. China remained the biggest source in the first four months with growth of 110 per cent from the same period last year.
Since January, Thailand has welcomed 19 million tourists from around the world, 16 per cent up from same period last year. Revenue from foreign tourists has increased 19 per cent to Bt944 billion (S$37 billion).