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Domestic tourism subsidy extended, 200,000 rooms booked in first 12 hours

Maya Taylor




The Tourism Authority of Thailand says an extension to the domestic tourism stimulus campaign has led to 200,000 hotel room bookings within the first 12 hours. TAT governor, Yuthasak Supasorn, says average bookings before the extension were around 50,000 – 60,000 a day. Transactions under the scheme are now being closely monitored, following the discovery of fraudulent bookings during the last phase. The discovery led to the scheme’s extension being delayed, with PM Prayut Chan-o-cha threatening to cancel it altogether at one point.

Yuthasak says the spike in bookings following the scheme’s extension has aroused the suspicion of officials, as some of the room reservations were at properties accused of fraud during the first phase. It’s understood the authorities will continue to monitor transactions and investigate further where necessary.

He adds that, with the campaign running until April, people have more time to plan their holiday. He says those who may be concerned about travelling at the moment, as a result of the Covid-19 resurgence, may book to travel in February instead, for the Chinese New Year holiday, or for Songkran, in April.

Meanwhile, the Tourism and Sports Ministry says there were over 78 million domestic trips taken during the first 11 months of this year, down over 49% on last year’s tally. The trips generated 428 billion baht, down more than 56% year-on-year. And although Thailand welcomed over 3,000 foreign tourists last month, total tourism revenue stands at 760 billion baht for the first 11 months of 2020. This equates to a shortfall of over 1.9 trillion baht, compared to 2019.

The Ministry says that, despite November’s foreign arrivals being 2.5 times higher than October’s, it is still tiny compared to the same period last year. Officials say the huge downturn can be attributed to the Covid-19 crisis around the world, as well as Thailand’s mandatory quarantine requirements. According to Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, the government hopes to reduce quarantine to 10 days from next year, although this has not yet been officially approved and may be delayed due to the resurgence of the virus within Thailand.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post


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    J West

    Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 12:05 pm

    200,000 in 12 hours? Let’s hope for honesty.

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    Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 12:07 pm

    Its a pity this country is so rife with corruption. I generally support this scheme and my family and I have got very attractive hotel deals. Unfortunately then the areas which are lacking most tourist, as the likes of Phuket, clearly is not capable of pricing their hotels in line with say Bangkok. Also if you compare the alleged high end restaurants in Phuket with those of Bangkok, then the options and prices in Bangkok are much more attractive. The greed never ends, Thais and foreigners alike. I call it the “Fhu Ket” syndrome.

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    Issan John

    Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 2:34 pm

    Just what’s needed at the moment – an incentive for people to travel.

    Brilliant timing …

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      Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 2:56 pm

      Absolutely agree…
      With 2100+ active cases in the country, what we actually need are restrictions on inter-provincial mobility to try and take control of this situation and avoid long and strict national lockdowns….

      Real sad to see the same mistakes made as those made in Japan (GoTo Travel campaign spreading cases around the country from hotspots like Tokyo or in Indonesia, with cases spread to Bali and other areas from Java/Jakarta…).

      I really hope it’s just a bit of lag and that the Thai government will act quickly to impose useful, preemptive restrictions to stop Thailand fron becoming Asia’s next “sick man”.

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        Issan John

        Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 4:04 pm

        It really does defy belief.

        On the one hand you’ve got the Covid and health authorities saying that unless people are careful there’ll be 1k to 10k+ cases every day, and Bangkok and other places closing bars, then you’ve got TAT encouraging people to travel so that a tiny minority can profit from it in the very short term, ignoring that the effects could be an economic and social disaster for everyone else.

        Masks, social distancing, and restrictions on travel now, which will be no more than a minor inconvenience for most people, will minimise major problems later – particukarly as these schemes have been found to have next to no real benefit elsewhere, just kicking the can a little bit further down the road.

        Absolute, utter stupidity, TBH.

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      Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 3:47 pm

      sounds like Thailand…

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      Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 1:08 am

      Why shouldn’t people be able to travel domestically? Keep social distancing, wear masks etc. Thailand has done much better than most other countries and I’m grateful I’m in Thailand and not UK or US. Foreigners based in Thailand, who complain about how bad Thailand is handling the Chinese virus should just go back home and support your own home country and fellow citizens. Plenty of repatriation flights are available.

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    Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 4:24 pm

    Guys the lunatics are running the asylum what else would you expect let’s spread the disease everywhere lol idiots and 200,000 in 12 hrs lol im sure a pink elephant just flew past my window haha

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      Issan John

      Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 10:15 pm

      I have to disagree – given the genuine success so far, I expected and hoped for a lot more.

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        Mike Frenchie

        Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 3:24 am

        “we travel together” has been a flop…

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    Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 5:09 pm

    It’s sounds about right tbh!!!! Beggars belief… as for the COVID issue everyone knows it’s going to arrive in Thailand at some time like any other country so they should have kept the borders open as normal and let the economy carry on!! Just check everyone coming in SIMPLE as that!!

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      Issan John

      Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 10:13 pm

      If only it was.

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    Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 6:59 pm

    200k in 12 hours, yeah right, who doing the counting ?
    Smart Madic.

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    Bill Fischer

    Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 8:04 pm

    I pay a lot of taxes. I’m not overly keen on my taxes subsidizing vacations.

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    James R

    Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 10:09 pm

    It’s a very good idea.

    Encourage people to travel and therefore make more money for the hotel and leisure trade.

    This will spread the virus, cause widespread illness and deaths, private hospitals will make extra money out of this, undertakers, temples, flower sellers will be busy too hence more profit.

    Let’s get people moving.

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    Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 11:26 pm

    I’m so laughing James but it’s so true and so much misery will come from this once again this government so so outa touch with reality the idea is good but the logic is what happens after but hey they’ll come up with another crazy idea I’m sure to sort it and I’m just curious where is all this money coming from for people to have all these vaccations oh I forgot they are all selling thier gold

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      James R

      Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 4:21 am


      Be careful Ian as Issan John will be after you, he hates it when anyone writes anything truthful against Thailand.

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    the golden sabre

    Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 11:26 pm

    Don’t get your panties in a knot gals. It’s everywhere and has been since Thailand allowed half of Wuhan here for the 3 months other countries were doing lockdowns. But don’t sweat it most carriers are asymptomatic and unless you are a beer guzzling, chain smoking bar stool hero you have nothing to worry about:)

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    Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 5:36 pm

    I’ve already had his responses james many a time he can’t let anybody have a say without commenting and mostly disagreeing he is so blinkered now he lives in the land of scam we can see both worlds he lives in his issan world he needs to get out more but wow he can’t cos he’s vulnerable and will catch covid oh dear looks like we are gonna get lots of his messages on hear help thaiger lol

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