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Holiday weekend boosts tourism, brings in 8.8 billion baht

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The extended 4 day holiday weekend circulated 8.8 billion baht in revenue after months of limited travel due to the coronavirus pandemic… the upbeat report from the Tourism Authority of Thailand. The drop in international tourism has crippled local economies dependent on the industry. The holiday weekend was a major boost. The Friday and Monday public holidays were announced as Songkran replacement holidays.

Many were off work last Friday and Monday as substitute holiday time for Songkran. The Thai new year water celebrations were cancelled in April due to lockdown measures. This weekend, hoards of people headed to Koh Chang, jamming up traffic on the mainland as people waited to hop on the ferry to the island. Cars sat for about 3 hours in a line that stretched for about 2 kilometres.

Prachin Buri’s Na Di district had over 4,000 tourists flocking to the rivers and waterfalls. All of the 300 inflatable rafts from the area’s 6 operators were booked over the weekend. Many tourists also crowded the province’s Khao Yai National Park.

Pattaya was also reported to be a lot busier than it had been in recent months, although the 4 day respite will do little to provide a long-term solution for the sea-side party town.

TAT governor Yuthasak Supasorn say they met their revenue goal for the holiday weekend, adding that TAT has been pushing their campaign “Rao Thiao Duay Kan” to encourage Thai nationals to travel as much as possible.

“The TAT will promote weekday travel and improve Rao Thiao Duay Kan…We want to make it more convenient for people to travel.”

The Transport Ministry reports 7,968,080 trips were made over the holiday and 11,215,836 entered and exited Bangkok. But with many cars on the road, there were a number of crashes and collisions reported.

Out of the 325 car incidents reported, there were 48 deaths and 309 people were injured, the ministry reports. They say 81% of the road incidents were related to speeding. The ministry says there were also 92 motorcycle incidents reported with 25 deaths.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    lootarzoon

    September 8, 2020 at 2:26 pm

    8.8 billions bath revenues do not mean net margins for any operators especially under huge discounts offering to get a minimum & avoid lo lose more.

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      Tapp

      September 9, 2020 at 12:14 pm

      These revenues are weekend local only

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    lootarzoon

    September 8, 2020 at 2:46 pm

    Keep cool, estimated national tourism revenue for 2020 was in range og 1 trillion bth againt 1.9 trillion foreign tourism income for 2019.Means 22 billions a week on average…. And we are happy with about 9 billions for best long week end of the year ? Thais already spending less due the crisis, then tariffs largely discounted, the economy only on tourism may lose over 1 trillion in 2020 and even more in 2021.

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    Jack Sparrow

    September 8, 2020 at 2:58 pm

    Perfectly. Another proof that Thailand does not need farangs anymore.
    Thai & Chinese this is the future of Thai tourism

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      Waverider

      September 8, 2020 at 9:13 pm

      Oh Jack you have a wicked sence of humor.
      Come the new year you will see who needs who.

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      lootarzoon

      September 8, 2020 at 11:03 pm

      Problem, China government wont allow its citizen as a Democratic country to go abroad & spend their needed Rmby, simple, they will require a 2 weeks quarantine when coming back if they leave. So market will be Thai only spending 2/3rd less than Farang tourists.

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      Stephen Westrip

      September 9, 2020 at 1:47 am

      8.8 billion Baht of reallocated GDP and not money coming from foreign tourists. This may help the tourism industry briefly but it does nothing for the Thai economy as a whole.

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    Gary

    September 8, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    It did not ‘bring in’ the baht, merely transferred it around the country, domestically, international tourists ‘ bring in’ the baht.

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    murika

    September 9, 2020 at 2:47 pm

    8 millions trips , but 12 millions for Bangkok only, don’t even make sense, and if 8 billions was spend then it’s 1000 bath per trip, do they mean per family or per person? Even so it’s ridiculously low, and how do they get that number so quick, it’s just an estimation based on old number pre covid, so probably far from reality.

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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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Today is the end of the Thai government’s visa amnesty for those staying in the country on tourist visas. The amnesty was originally given 6 months ago after the Covid-19 pandemic forced the closure of borders and suspended international flights. Despite calls for the government to extend the amnesty yet again from the Thai Chamber of Commerce, the government has not made any announcements that would allow those on tourist visas to stay in the country legally after today’s end date.

For those tourists still stranded in Thailand, they would have needed to provide a letter from their respective embassies that would provide proof that they are unable to travel out of the country by today’s date. Such reasons include medical, flight availability or the Covid situation remaining poor in their home countries. Those who have not provided a letter or have not sorted their visas by today’s date will reportedly face overstay fines of 500 baht per day with a maximum of 20,000 baht in total fines. Other repercussions include being arrested, imprisoned, deported and/or blacklisted from entering Thailand for certain periods that coincide with the amount of time overstayed.

The Royal Thai Immigration has warned numerous times of the approaching end date and what could happen to those who fail to fix their visas properly, however, some immigration centres are open today and/or extending the end date to Monday as the last chance to sort out visas. Such centres are located in Chiang Mai and other provinces, giving foreigners an extra day without receiving an overstay fine.

Today’s end date has some in disagreement over Thailand’s handling of the situation, with critics saying the hard line stance is set to turn off future tourists from the country as well as taking away the only income that some businesses are receiving during the battered economy. Such tourists who are staying for a long time need accommodations that undoubtedly help such businesses stay afloat when international tourists are unable to enter the kingdom.

Regardless, today is the day and if those on tourist visas don’t get their situation sorted, it could land them in hot water with immigration authorities. Officials recommend all foreigners to carry their passports in the next few weeks as they have announced that immigration police will be performing check ups to ensure that those staying after the deadline have valid visas.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

 

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Government to stir economy with 100 billion baht stimulus starting in October

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The Thai Government is expected to stimulate the economy with 100 billion baht boost starting in October until the end of the year. The injection will reportedly come from both the people’s and the government’s spending under three stimulus measures according to the Deputy PM Supattanapong Punmeechaow.

The first measure will reportedly give 14 million welfare cardholders an extra 500 baht discount over the next 3 months on their shopping with the budget for this measure totalling 21 billion baht. The second measure, dubbed “Kon La Khreung” or Let’s Go Halves, will give 10 million people up to 100 baht discounts daily on beverages and household essentials with the subsidy being capped at 3,000 baht per person. The scheme will not, however, include such things as alcohol, tobacco or lottery tickets.

The third measure is aimed at wealthier Thais as tax incentives and will be offered in an effort to encourage them to spend more as consumers. The Cabinet has also approved a measure to pay 260,000 new graduates half of their salary to help the private sector. That budget is reportedly totaling 19.5 billion baht.

Supattanapong also predicts the economy will improve next year but warns it could take 2 years before the nation’s economic growth returns to the pre-Covid level. He says the country’s current budget is sufficient to boost the economy unless there is a second wave of Covid.

“But in the event that there is a second wave, the government is prepared to borrow more as its national debt is quite low compared to other countries. However the government is being cautious so it can remain financially healthy in the post-Covid era.”

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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“Bad Student” movement by high-schoolers continues fight against authorities

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A movement, dubbed by some of Thailand’s high-schoolers as ‘Bad Student’, is advancing the fight against education authorities as students are trying to break up the country’s strict, or as they claim, archaic, education system. The movement’s name takes after a university student activitst’s book about his experiences in a government high school. The recent rebellion of students coincides with the recent massive Thammasat University anti-government protests in Bangkok, which are demanding reform of the government, constitution and revered Monarchy. 17 year old Peka Loetparisanyu tells Reuters that their rights are being violated.

“There’s a viral saying that ‘our first dictatorship is school’.”

Some of the students are reportedly wearing white ribbons, cutting their hair in public and showing the now popular protest symbol of the 3-finger salute, reminiscent of the Hunger Games movie franchise, during the morning national anthem which is a requirement at all government schools.

Supporters of the pro-democracy movement say Thailand’s education system is more about compliance rather than education as its rigid rules require students to dress in uniforms, have a certain length of hair and conform to specific hairstyles. The white ribbons being adorned by some of the high-schoolers represent “purity of the students” whilst the 3-fingered salute is being used as a call for democracy.

But their seemingly rebellious actions have not gone completely unnoticed by officials as the Thai Education Minister Nataphol Teepsuwan earlier this year softened hair length and style rules for government schools.

“I feel that by listening to them, I’m giving them an opportunity to voice their concern safely.”

Such rebellious acts by students have led to parents being outraged over teachers reprimanding students and occasionally humiliating them publicly. Just this year, a student was given an ‘ugly haircut’by a teacher in front of her peers after she showed up to school with a hairstyle that did not precisely meet the requirements.

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