A group of Chinese tourists pose for a picture before visiting the Grand Palace in Bangkok. Photo: AFP

Chinese ‘zero dollar’ tour companies dodge Thai crackdown – and travel agencies defend the practice

Welcomed during Thailand’s economic slowdown, such ‘forced shopping’ tours are frowned upon for tainting visitors’ image of country; if ban won’t stop them, the growing trend of individual travel from China may see them die out

Topic |   Chinese tourists

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A group of Chinese tourists pose for a picture before visiting the Grand Palace in Bangkok. Photo: AFP
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