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Thai tourism eyes Indian weddings as Chinese spending dries up

One couple from Hong Kong last year spent $12.5m in four days

This Indian bride had her wedding ceremony and celebrations on a picturesque beach on the famous Thai resort island of Phuket. (Photo courtesy of Thai-Indian Wedding Association)

BANGKOK -- Thailand is gearing up to cater to a big-spending tourist niche it thinks can help make up for still-grounded Chinese travelers now that the country has fully reopened to international holidaymakers.

The key to helping the tourist-reliant economy start thriving again, officials believe, is to attract Indian wedding parties.

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