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Holiday weekend boosts tourism, brings in 8.8 billion baht

Caitlin Ashworth

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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

    Tuesday, 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

      Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 12:14 pm

      These revenues are weekend local only

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    lootarzoon

    Tuesday, 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

    Tuesday, 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

      Tuesday, 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

      Tuesday, 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

      Wednesday, 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

    Tuesday, 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

    Wednesday, 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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