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Expats to be offered travel deals at Bangkok event

Caitlin Ashworth



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Ready to go on a holiday? Expats are being offered some travel deals to boost domestic tourism. The Tourism Authority of Thailand plans to hold an event next month for foreigners.

“Expat Travel Deal 2020” is September 11-13 from 10am to 10pm at Quartier Gallery at Bangkok’s EmQuartier shopping centre. It’s free to attend. Travel agencies from all over the country will offer travel packages at a discount. TAT says expats should bring their passports to be eligible for certain deals.

Along with loads of travel deals, the event will promote Thai culture and have demonstrations on handmade crafts like ceramic bead bracelets and Thai reed mats. There will also be tourism-related talks such as travelling in Thailand during the coronavirus era. Another talk will be on elephant care tourism by a representative from the Thai Elephant Alliance Association.

TAT’s governor, Yuthasak Supasorn, says that Thailand has a large population of expats who have “strong links with the kingdom and who express great love for Thailand and its people.”

2,459,785 foreigners work in Thailand, according to data collected in June by the Ministry of Labour’s Department of Employment. They say 155,193 of those expat workers are considered skilled employees such as investors, skilled craftspersons and those who work for the Board of Investment companies. They added that 25,110 are foreign students.

“TAT and our strategic partners would like to encourage expats to travel further afield and to discover some of the Amazing Thailand experiences that can be enjoyed in every corner of the country.”



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    Dirty Farang

    Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 6:14 pm

    Some weeks ago there was written “Thai only” everywhere. If cash is the topic, Expats and dirty farangs are welcome. Not TAT, TIT!

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    Toby Andrews

    Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 6:33 pm

    I have two questions.
    1.Do Thais receive a bigger discount for the same deal?
    2.Why not give all foreigners the same deal not just expats?
    Oh and another question.
    3. Have certain Thais not given up racist overcharging of foreigner just yet, because they are not giving all foreigners this wonderful new deal?
    Expats shun these deals – remember the government is trying to expel you, and if you leave the country, they ere making it very hard to re-enter.

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    Perceville Smithers

    Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 8:26 pm

    Just show me the travel package being offered!

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    Ray W.

    Friday, August 28, 2020 at 2:03 am

    I find the schemes to be tone deaf. The closed boarders are screwing up investment and the free flow of capital and ideas… so you don’t have enough expats with disposable incometo make this nonsense effective. Open the boarders, make it easy and reasonable for foreign travel, and except risk… or continue to embrace protracted economic ruin.

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    Friday, August 28, 2020 at 11:01 am

    You have to travel all the way to Bkk to get a travel deal? With the cost of getting a deal is in the end no deal at all!

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    Khaja Sarfaraj Mansur

    Saturday, August 29, 2020 at 1:53 am

    They should’v done it earlier

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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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