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Thai minister encourages hotels to stop price-gouging expats

Tanutam Thawan

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The thorny issue of dual pricing has raised its ugly head again, this time with the current offerings for hotels as Thailand slowly winds up its tourism industry again.

Tourism and Sports Ministry, Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, is asking hotels to offer “fair packages to expats and resident foreigners, and avoid price discrimination”. He said that there are 2 million foreign residents who would be able to travel domestically at this stage and contribute to a local revival of tourism before the borders are re-opened for general tourism.

The ministry suggested that expats should be encouraged to travel domestically instead of heading out of Thailand for a break as they could face 2 lots of quarantine, at their overseas destination and then again when they return to Thailand. That’s even if they’d be allowed back into the country at this stage.

Expat associations shared their concerns about local sentiment towards foreigners during the Covid-19 outbreak and overpriced accommodations noting that there had been numerous reports about price-gouging, refusal of entry for foreigners and ongoing misinformation about foreigners being ‘responsible’ for bringing Covid into the country.

As a tip The Thaiger would recommend doing your bookings through some of the OTAs (online travel agencies), like booking.com or Agoda.com (there are plenty of others), so you get a transparent price.

Minister Phiphat says the Tourism Authority of Thailand will continue to work with hoteliers and travel associations to “ensure expats will receive the same hotel rates as locals”. But he admitted that his Ministry is unable to stop dual pricing in the near future as the issue falls under different ministries. Dual pricing at attractions and some restaurants has been a common practice for decades.

Although the Thai government has rolled out an extensive stimulus package to encourage Thais to travel at this time, there is no similar measure to encourage resident expats and travellers.

In the past 2 million expats would normally take overseas trips, especially to nearby ASEAN countries for their holidays, rather than travelling in Thailand. Thailand welcomed 6.69 million international tourists during the first six months of 2020 (mostly in the first quarter), a drop of 66% year-on-year.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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19 Comments

19 Comments

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    Perceville Smithers

    Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at 11:31 am

    I always book online. If I need to get something at the last minute, I’ll have a Thai friend get it for me.

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    Torben Retboll

    Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at 12:20 pm

    A member of the Thai government urges hotels not to use dual pricing (charge foreigners more than Thais).

    This sounds good, until we remember that the Thai government does the same thing: there is dual pricing in all national and historical parks!

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    rafa

    Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at 2:52 pm

    what a joke, right now most of expat whose visa expired during covid have to pay big money to bribe de immigration and stay, i have thai wife and the immigration send me to agent who want 35k to let me stay with my wife, i have the 400k in the bank and a house, and i’ve been living here for 12 years, my mistake ? my visa expired in a time i couldn’t renew it, it’s a fundamental human right to not be separated from your familly…

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      Nu

      Friday, August 14, 2020 at 2:38 pm

      That’s a big lie! They always renew non-O thai spouse visa if you carry on all the requirements.
      There is no such a practice under table. Plus no one force you to hire agent for this. I strongly recommended
      To you to check your spouse involment.

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    Toby Andrews

    Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at 4:41 pm

    The only way to stop dual pricing is to starve them of trade.
    A water park in Chon Buri closed down because expats refused to go there due to dual pricing.
    I think it was in Ban Saen.

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    Simon

    Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at 9:18 pm

    Lol “encourages’. No law against it, obviously. Thailand will die a death.

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    Maverick

    Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 12:06 am

    Supply and demand

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    Peter Jacops

    Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 10:12 am

    Great, now start with your own national park price policy.

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    Sydney

    Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 8:38 pm

    How can we travel in Thailand if we have to leave by September 26, 2020? Our visa cannot be extended. And when we leave – we cannot come back. Thailand will lose quite a bit of money that we spend here.

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      Nu

      Friday, August 14, 2020 at 2:46 pm

      You are not a resident , who leaves with propel visa! Why foreigners are thinking that they must get privileges!
      This country is not EU member or colony! Is a sovereign country. And please don’t act like I generate income for the country they must give me privilege. If you that rich ThaiElite visa program welcomes you. Don’t forget you get fhustle free visa extension for 180 days. If I was stuck in Germany as Thai with tourist visa what will Germany do for me free visa 55555.

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        dimitri

        Saturday, August 15, 2020 at 12:16 am

        There is a reason why Thailand is a 3rd world country. And I think your answer shows the reason why.

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          james

          Saturday, August 15, 2020 at 4:57 am

          dimitri

          It is not a third world county by any measure of the term but it is definitely cheaper than the West.

          Perhaps that is so many falangs can afford to live here eh?

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        james

        Saturday, August 15, 2020 at 4:53 am

        Nu

        I agree with you, I came in January with a three-month visa, and by the kindness of the Thai government I have had my visa extended automatically, I have not had to do anything or pay anything.

        I will be leaving in one week’s time after being here for seven months and I thank you.

        It is clear when a farang marries a Thai he does not have the right to stay here permanently, he knows that before getting married so why do they complain?

        I have seen many farangs here who think they are above the law and seem to think Thailand depends on them, they do not spend much, Thailand want tourists here who spend 5000 baht a day not 5000 a month.

        And many walk around without wearing masks as they think they are above the law, they should be deported.

        James (falang from UK.)

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        Khaja Sarfaraj Mansur

        Saturday, August 15, 2020 at 5:12 pm

        Yes, you have a point

        But at least foreigners should be considered visa extension until commercial flight start to operate

        I mean how they will leave if there is no available flight??

        20% of Thai GDP is dependent on Foreigner, so off course Foreigner contributes but you don’t want to give any privileges???? No one is asking for help!!!! just common sense!!!!!.

        and don’t compare with Germany because Germany’s GDP is not contributed as much by Tourism like Thai does

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          james

          Sunday, August 16, 2020 at 10:36 pm

          khaja

          There are many international flights leaving Bangkok, next week I am flying to London, nothing extra to pay as I am using my existing return ticket.

          I could have left anytime during the last few months, I just decided to stay on holiday longer.

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        TTTT

        Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 2:32 pm

        Brain: An apparatus with which we think we think.

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    Rinky Stingpiece

    Saturday, August 15, 2020 at 12:49 am

    Dual pricing is a third world attitude, only modern countries charge the same price, more classy.

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      james

      Sunday, August 16, 2020 at 10:38 pm

      Rinky

      True, in many ‘modern countries’ they do charge the same price, a very expensive price with a very low customer service level.

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    Farang

    Saturday, August 15, 2020 at 11:28 am

    Farang not come? Okay. New idea. Farang pay for virtual stay. We setup money transfer for you from your bank account. You send you pictures for your virtual stay in beautiful Thighland.

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