Connect with us

Tourism

Around 3.11 million travellers expected to spend 12.6 billion baht during long weekend

Caitlin Ashworth

Published

 on 

PHOTO: TTG Asia

Around 3.11 million Thai people are expected to travel during the 4-day weekend which starts tomorrow. The travellers are expected to spend 12.6 billion baht and boost the hotel occupancy rate up by 40%, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand governor Yuthasak Supasorn.

Although, less people are expected to travel to Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai, with many cancelling bookings after the recent Covid-19 cases from returnees travelling from Myanmar’s border town Tachileik.

Yuthasak says tourism in the south has also been affected with less people planning trips after flooding in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Surat Thani, Krabi, Trang, Phatthalung and Songkhla.

Despite the tourism setbacks, many Thais are planning trips and TAT says the domestic tourism stimulus campaign Rao Tiew Duay Kan, meaning “We Travel Together” is influencing many Thais to travel throughout the country.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

 

Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forums
🔔 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join YouTube for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram

image

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

12 Comments

12 Comments

  1. Avatar

    Stefan Svensson

    Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 6:30 pm

    Happy holiday

  2. Avatar

    Jason

    Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 6:37 pm

    Amazing Thailand…..beautiful one day….deserted the next…. I wonder how much of this hype Thais actually believe?? I hope the wise ones in Thailand continue to stop spending money on opening their businesses and instead save as much money as they can to weather the storm of deprivation…..

  3. Avatar

    Jesse James

    Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 6:42 pm

    Thai economy is saved now, tourism is back to normal.

  4. Avatar

    Issan John

    Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 7:13 pm

    The number of holidays is now getting absurd.

  5. Avatar

    Bob

    Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 9:47 pm

    Hmm… according to a recent Bangkok post article:

    ‘While the tourism industry is waiting for the sunlight of 2024, Thai consumers are drowning in debts with less and less income to rely on. It is certain that Thai household debt to GDP will exceed 80% this year which would put Thailand in the top 10 among countries with the highest household debt to GDP. Following such high levels of debt, banks actually stopped extending new consumer loans since January 2020, even before the Covid-19 outbreak. According to my own calculations, 20% of domestic consumption is financed by borrowing. No loans means no consumption.’

    Is it wise to keep spending? It may well be that only the tourism industry is suffering but looking at it from a broader perspective, the global consumption seems to have slowed down and with that demand which will affect supply.

    While I am very sympathetic toward the tourism industry (being on the receiving end) the next ‘wave’ will be production, something Thailand excels in but has little control over.

    • Avatar

      Issan John

      Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 1:00 pm

      The debt problem already goes way beyond the tourist sector, and is affecting those in “production” where household debt has always been highest.

      The “80% of GDP” figure for household debt is almost certainly a considerable under estimate as it’s based on known debt, at approved rates, rather than ‘black market’ loans at ten or a hundred times that rate.

      In the rural areas it’s an ongoing but steady problem as loans are based on what land people own and what work they can do, as sugar cane cutters and rice teams are ‘recruited’ in advance from the villages and given loans based on an ‘advance of salary’ from work they’ll do over 2 or 3 months during the harvest season, often away in other provinces.

      For factory workers, though, loans are far easier to come by based on their guaranteed salaries, annual bonuses (usually the equivalent of one or two months pay, at New Year), and expected overtime (OT) which can double basic pay (or more). Now, though, demand has dropped off and many are without OT and their bonuses will be less but they still have the same debts to pay off.

      ‘Finance’ for a pick-up or car is easy to come by for a factory as it’s deducted at source from pay, so many have way over-extended themselves based on OT and bonuses they’re no longer getting and they’re facing debts they’ll be paying off for decades where they can only pay off the interest.

      … and all that’s compounded by extra government holidays – when before they’d have had OT or ‘double time’ for working on a holiday, now it’s an excuse for factories to close instead so they don’t have to pay their staff for the day.

      … and for those on the poverty line, its yet another day when their kids won’t be getting a free school meal and milk every day.

      Extra holidays may be a chance for some to go out and spend money, and for some to make it, but for many others they’re the complete reverse.

  6. Avatar

    Remo

    Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 9:55 pm

    Domestic tourism does not stimulate the local economy, as it doesnt bring extra cash to the country.

    People have a given amount of money , and if they spend a certain amount on domestic trips they will have less to spend on other things, and their total expenditure will be the same with or without traveling.

    To generate extra GDP and create extra jobs, the country needs foreign tourists who bring money to Thailand from abroad.

    • Avatar

      Issan John

      Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 1:40 pm

      Sorry, but your economics is flawed (as, to be fair, is the policy).

      The idea behind extra holidays and local tourism is to encourage people to spend more that they would otherwise have saved (not “spent on other things”), rather like reducing interest rates so people spend money rather than save it.

      The problem with both is that they only work as long as people have savings to spend, and if they don’t then the policies not only fail but are counter-productive – you can’t spend what you don’t have, particularly when a holiday not only stops you working but gives you kids home from school to feed and take care of.

      Unfortunately all too often those in government and authority making the policy seldom have any experience of those affected by it as their backgrounds are so radically different, and that’s as true in Thailand as it is anywhere.

  7. Avatar

    EdwardV

    Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 10:19 pm

    “boost the hotel occupancy rate up by 40%” – Considering the fact some 80% of hotels in tourist areas are still closed, that rate should be much higher.

  8. Avatar

    Bobby B

    Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 9:52 am

    Just love the governments money spent predictions.

    If so many Thai’s are out of work because of no tourists. Where do they get all that money to spend?

    Or is that 3.11 million Thai’s the rich and wealthy?

    • Avatar

      Issan John

      Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 1:42 pm

      The problem’s far more than just “no tourists”.

  9. Avatar

    Yan

    Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 10:08 pm

    When speaking with Thai, who also have their own information channels…Covid is present in almost all provinces and spreading. The Government doesn’t want Thai people to know…so it is not in the news. If it would be in the news…domestic travel also stops….and that would be a catastrofy….

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

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.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Coronavirus Vaccines21 mins ago

Government under increasing pressure to share details of vaccine procurement deals

Coronavirus Thailand50 mins ago

Covid patients with positive antigen test no longer need PCR test prior to treatment

Tourism1 hour ago

Thai tourism likely to hit rock bottom this year

Welcome back to Thailand!

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in Thailand - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages!

Coronavirus (Covid-19)2 hours ago

Tuesday Covid Update: 14,150 new cases and 118 deaths

Myanmar14 hours ago

Myanmar’s economy to shrink by 18% due to military coup and Covid-19

Singapore15 hours ago

Singapore plans to vaccinate 80%, reopen with quarantine-free travel by September

image
Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand16 hours ago

Pattaya suspects arrested for live streaming breaking curfew

Thailand17 hours ago

Sinovac/AstraZeneca highly effective, according to Thai research

Phuket18 hours ago

Phuket vice governor says “Sandbox” tourists aren’t scared off by Covid situation

Thailand18 hours ago

Ministry of Education seeks 21.6 billion education subsidy

Coronavirus (Covid-19)19 hours ago

The ‘infodemic’ – interview with Helen Petousis-Harris about Covid misinformation

Best of20 hours ago

Phuket’s 8 Best Rooftop Bars

Coronavirus (Covid-19)20 hours ago

Ayutthaya logs 255 new infections, hospital beds full

Thailand20 hours ago

Another “monkey war” in Lop Buri, hundreds fight in the street- VIDEO

Thailand20 hours ago

Plantations International provides Pattaya with provisions

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism5 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism5 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism5 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8

Trending