Anger, confusion and disbelief -- that is the reaction of the tourist industry and the expatriate community following the drastic change in immigration regulations. The government recently revoked the visa-free-entry for tourists from 48 countries. The decree means new fees and new red tape -- who would believe that an ailing tourism industry that employs and feeds hundreds of thousands of people could be supported by making it more difficult and unpleasant to visit the country? In Thailand, arriving guests are offered candy at the airport immigration counter, which they pass through within three minutes. more...
Stefan Reisner, Puri Asri Hotel, Ubud, Bali
The writer is the former foreign editor of the German magazine Stern.
Source: Jakarta Post, 16.April 2003