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Domestic tourism stimulus campaign set to be extended

Maya Taylor

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Officials are discussing an extension to the domestic tourism stimulus package, following the approval of additional public holidays between now and the end of the year. The extra holidays will take place between November 19 and 22, and again from December 10 to 13, as the government continues its efforts to boost domestic tourism. Thailand’s tourism industry has been left battered and bruised by the ongoing ban on foreign holidaymakers. It remains to be seen how successful – or not – the planned Special Tourist Visa will be.

Meanwhile, the Bangkok Post reports that the Finance and Tourism and Sports Ministries are in talks to extend the current domestic tourism campaign until the end of the year. As part of the We Travel Together campaign, domestic tourists can avail of up to 5 million hotel nights at a reduction of 40%, capped at 3,000 baht a night for 10 nights. The hotels must be outside their province of residence.

The package was introduced in July, but has so far received quite a tepid response, with only 1.2 million of the 5 million rooms being taken. Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn suggests that this might be because people are waiting for additional incentives to be added. Earlier this month, the government introduced additional incentives, but some businesses are calling on officials to increase the hotel subsidy to 60%.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    Thomas Easton

    Monday, September 28, 2020 at 1:49 pm

    Yes this is a really great idea…. let all the middle and upper class Thais travel and enjoy themselves WHILE hotels, bars, restaurants and COUNTLESS other types of tourists industries either have to remain closed because they are not getting the tourist footfall to keep the businesses viable even in the short them or have closed permanently and the Thai banks arte going to take major hits of lost repayments. I understand the Thai government have scared the population so badly to the point that they think every SINGLE foreigner that wants to enter Thailand will have the Wuhan covid virus and because of that racism and xenophobia towards non Thai nationals has really spiked and unless the Circus government can change the perceptions of their population Thailand will cease to be the land of smiles and will become the land of scowls and mistrust

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