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Finally! TAT partners with hotels, airlines, to offer travel stimulus package for expats

Maya Taylor

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand is partnering with airlines and over 300 hotels around the country in another domestic tourism stimulus scheme, this time aimed at expats. It’s understood all foreigners and their families, living in the Kingdom, are eligible to avail of the scheme.

The “Expat Travel Bonus” offers a 1,000 baht per night discount on hotel accommodation at participating properties. The more nights booked, the bigger the discount. Participating hotels are registered with the Thai Hotels Association and can be found here.

The promotion will run until December 31 and interested travellers will need to contact the hotels directly to book. The scheme also allows for a 50% discount on domestic flights with AirAsia, Bangkok Airways, and Nok Air.

Marisa Sukosol Nunbhakdi from the Thai Hotels Association, has welcomed the scheme, saying hotels need as much support as possible in the absence of international tourism.

“With very limited travel from overseas, Thai hotels need all the support they can get, so there’s never been a better time for expats to help out and enjoy a great value vacation at the same time. I am happy that the association can be a part of this campaign.”

The TAT’s Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhya echoes the sentiment, saying he hopes more expats will take advantage of the opportunity to get out and explore more of the country in which they live.

“In Thailand, the expat market has great potential, so we hope this campaign will encourage more expats to explore Thailand and show support for our hospitality industry.”

Before you rush into booking the ‘promo’ prices and taking advantage of the stimulus, check the prices for the same hotels on Agoda.com, bookings.com, hotels.com or your favourite OTA – The Thaiger.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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11 Comments

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    Issan John

    Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 1:05 pm

    This seems to be exactly the same promotion that was made available a month ago, reported on 21 October, except possibly with more / different hotels, again valid until the end of the year.

    Are the hotels having the “1,000 baht per night discount” made up by the TAT along the lines of other schemes, or are they just offering a discount on their book price?

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    Mike

    Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 6:33 pm

    Come one, whitey, get your wallet out!

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    James

    Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 8:37 pm

    A discount of 1000 baht?

    With the low prices today you can get a four/five-star hotel for 2000 baht a night at the moment so why stay at an inflated prices hotel just to get a ‘discount’ of 1000 baht?

    It will help but there are only a few hundred thousand ex-pats in Thailand I am guessing, they will barely be able to make up for the 30 to 40,000,000 tourists who visit Thailand each year spending a few thousand baht a day.

    Plus when you get to destinations like Phuket the area is dead and sole destroying anyway as most tourist’s things are closed as was the case when I was there for seven months this year.

    I don’t want to go back yet so I can’t imagine many people wanting to go.

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    Terrymcmanus24

    Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 9:16 pm

    What a shambles..a complete mess..given up.. Waste of time…nothing has changed..

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    Patrick Kelly

    Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 10:56 pm

    Tourists locations will be ghost towns until 2022. Will take years to recover.

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    Factchecker

    Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 12:19 am

    How do I get this 50% discount from the mentioned airlines? I’ve checked their websites and there’s nothing. I contacted them and they haven’t replied. Fake news from TAT.

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    bruce ONEILL

    Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 3:07 am

    Why dont they just open the borders to expats?????

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      Issan John

      Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 11:31 pm

      Maybe they’re worried about Covid-19?

      Just a thought …

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    Conka

    Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 12:58 pm

    I’m sorry, but I just checked about 10 Hotels on the list and it’s a rip off. They have all their “offers”. But compare their prices from their websites , booking.com etc. and the anouncment.

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    Rich

    Monday, November 23, 2020 at 7:39 pm

    I call Grand Hyatt Bangkok today (23 Nov 2020) and asked what the rate was with the TAT 1000bt Expat Travel Bonus. They said it was 4000bt a night. I declined to book because the lowest nightly rate on the Hyatt website is 2000bt. Not sure why the hotel thinks someone would pay double price for the same room.

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    zib

    Monday, December 7, 2020 at 12:49 pm

    Turned out to be a scam as usual. Contacted 4 hotels in Phuket and the rate in Agoda was 50% cheaper even after the “expat discount”.

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