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

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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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    Issan John

    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

    November 18, 2020 at 6:33 pm

    Come one, whitey, get your wallet out!

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    James

    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

    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

    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

    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

    November 19, 2020 at 3:07 am

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

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      Issan John

      November 19, 2020 at 11:31 pm

      Maybe they’re worried about Covid-19?

      Just a thought …

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    Conka

    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

    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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Ban on sales and promotion of alcohol online starts December 7

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From December 7 you’ll no longer, officially, be able to purchase alcohol online in Thailand, according to a posting in the Royal Gazette back in September, the Thai government will prohibit the sales and promotion of alcoholic drinks on every online platform from December 7.

The ban includes direct sales, promotion and introduction of alcoholic products online, but will not include electronic payments of purchases at retail stores, restaurants and bars.

Selling and buying beer, wine and spirits online has become more popular, but the Thai PM says that internet alcohol sales are harder to control than sales at local liquor stores. The announcement said that it’s difficult to check that the provisions of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act are being followed online, like no alcohol sales before 5pm or on certain holidays (although many local stores didn’t follow the rules anyway).

“The Royal Gazette had published the announcement of ‘Prohibition of the sale of alcoholic beverages via electronic sales nationwide’ on September 8 noting that alcohol has become more easily accessible online due to the popularity of social media platforms and specialist Apps.

“No person shall sell alcoholic beverages or provide services related to alcoholic beverages on electronic channels. Online payment for trading such beverages at actual stores are excluded.”

With Thai officials obsessed with the perceived evils of alcohol, Thailand already has a ban on the sale of alcohol before 11am, between 2 – 5pm, and after midnight. It’s also illegal to brew your own beer at home or to post pictures of branded alcohol online, either as a private citizen or as a company. But the government’s latest announcement, that drinkers won’t be able to purchase alcohol online that really ignited the Twittersphere and social media.

Deputy PM and the Minister of Public Health, Anutin Charnvirakul, told AP after a meeting of the alcohol control committee on November 7, that they’d agreed to draft guidelines, under the revision of the Public Health Ministry, to inform the Public regarding the Royal Gazette announcement of banning online alcohol trading.

“Violators of the new ban will be subject to up to six months in prison and/or a fine of up to 10,000 baht.”

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Government aims to offer work permits to foreigners who invest at least US$1 million

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Probably the most expensive Work Permit in the world. The Thai government is considering offering work permits to foreigners who invest at least US$1 million in Thai property or businesses. The Centre for Economic Situation Administration has approved a proposal to grant work permits to eligible Elite Card holders. In order to qualify, they must have the top-tier Thailand Elite visa card, which costs 1 million baht and is valid for 5 years. They must also be prepared to invest their funds for at least 5 years.

The governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Yuthasak Supasorn, says it’s hoped the move will boost foreign investment in the Kingdom. It’s hoped the plan could generate 31 billion baht for the economy, 1 billion of which would come from Elite card fees, with the remainder being generated by foreign investment.

PM Prayut Chan-o-cha has instructed the TAT and the Foreign and Interior Ministries to work together on the proposal, before submitting it to Cabinet for final approval.

The CESA has also approved the proposed partnership between the TAT, Thai Airways, and local hotels, in which tourism packages inclusive of quarantine, can be offered to foreign arrivals. It’s understood the packages will be available from December 1 until March 31 next year. The government is targeting 2,000 visitors, generating revenue of 200 million baht every month.

Just another ‘proposal’ we have to keep track of as the visa situation in Thailand becomes increasingly complex.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Expat awaits trial for drug charges, mother in England worries and works to pay the bills

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While 27 year old expat Louis Bentley awaits trial in Thailand for drug charges, his mother back in England is working 12 hour shifts to pay her son’s bills. For his mother, Michaela, the anticipation of waiting for the her son’s February court date, in a country so far from her with laws she’s unfamiliar with, has been “horrendous.”

Louis was arrested by Phuket police back in July and spent 2 weeks in Thai prison. Louis worked as an English teacher in China for 5 years. He took a trip to Thailand, but when the coronavirus outbreak spread worldwide, he stayed.

Michaela told her local newspaper, the Barnsley Chronicle in South Yorkshire, that she believes drugs were planted on Louis after he got in a dispute with a local. He wasn’t able to make bail at first because his “friends” allegedly ran off with his money.

She was able to raise enough money in an online fundraising campaign to pay the bail and other legal fees. But that was back in July and now the more than 9,000 pounds she raised has been spent.

“We’re sending over money to pay for his lodgings, food, gas and electric… I work 12 hours, 4 days a week, to earn money so that I can keep my house going and keep his house going.”

Now it’s just a waiting game. But the time leading up to the trial has been stressful. Michaela’s says her son says gotten depressed and sometimes days he doesn’t answer the phone, leaving her worried because he’s her only source of information when it comes to the trial.

“We’re just hoping for a good outcome when it comes to the trial.”

SOURCES: Yorkshire Live | Barnsley Chronicle

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