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Billions of baht thrown at domestic tourism



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The coronavirus pandemic has nearly killed tourism in Thailand. Now, Thai authorities are giving some life to domestic travel by rewarding health volunteers with a free holiday as well as subsidising hotel and transportation costs. 3 stimulus packages worth 22.4 billion baht are planned to boost up the industry and are set to run from July to October.

The money comes form the Finance Ministry’s 400 billion baht Covid-19 economic recovery spending plan, a government spokesperson said. The government is borrowing 1 trillion baht to revitalise the country after the pandemic. While 400 billion is going toward economic rehabilitation projects, the other 600 billion is planned to provide financial aid for people whose jobs took a hit from the pandemic as well as health-related plans.

Out of the 3 packages, 2.4 billion baht will go to 1.2 million health volunteers and officials to fund holiday travel. They’ll be able to use 2,000 baht for short trips, around 2 days. While giving health volunteers a reward for their help, the move is also intended to help out 13,000 tourism firms.

18 billion baht will subsidise 5 million nights of hotel accommodation as well as other services, such as food, all at 40% the normal rate. Tourists will pay for the rest. The subsidy will cap out at 3,000 baht a night for 5 nights. For additional services, it caps at 600 baht per room each night.

Another 2 million baht will subsidise fares and fees related to public transportation such as domestic flight fares and inter-provincial bus fares. It would cover 40% of the expenses with a limit of 1,000 baht per tourist.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post



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  1. Glenn

    Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    “The corona virus pandemic has nearly killed tourism in Thailand.”
    should be corrected to read –
    ‘The faux flu pandemic promoted by the govt has nearly killed tourism in Thailand.’

    First we shoot ourselves in both feet, then we issue crutches and mandatory measures, then we refuse to admit any mistakes, then we throw millions and millions of baht at the problem we created and say we are solving the problem.

    Wait a few months or a year later for govt to decide they must raise the VAT to 8-10% to pay for the ‘necessary expenditures’ that saved the nation. Oh, sorry you’ll have to pay 8-10% more for everything, it wasn’t our fault – govt.

  2. ron

    Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 6:34 am

    To the others comment. That is because Thailand always follows whatever the USA does.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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