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Pattaya, Phuket, launch campaigns to re-ignite tourism



PHOTO: Facebook / HaveYouEverPhuket

The normally vibrant tourist hotspots of Pattaya and Phuket are aiming to re-ignite domestic tourism, now that the Covid-19 resurgence appears to be on the decline. Both locations had become completely dependent on domestic tourists following the first wave of the virus, but then had to contend with a second blow when Covid-19 staged a comeback in December. Now, the Bangkok Post reports that both holiday spots are hoping to lure the tourists back once more.

Pattaya has launched a campaign known as “Check in Chon Buri Free 500”. Guests who check into a hotel anywhere in the eastern province of Chon Buri will be rewarded with a 100 baht coupon, which can be redeemed at around 130 restaurants, spas, and tourist attractions. On the first night, 5 coupons will be handed out, up to maximum of 10 coupons for 2 nights. Thitiphat Siranatthasikun, from the Association of Chonburi Attractions, says the promotion is only open to guests from outside the province. Further information (in Thai) can be found HERE.

Meanwhile, Phuket has also launched an online campaign called “Have You Ever”, aimed at reviving tourism on the southern island. Phaithun Silapawisut from Phuket’s provincial administration organisation has called on Thais to share the campaign on Facebook, to encourage people to visit the island.

Governor Narong Wunsiew says that the natural beauty of the island means it doesn’t have to invest much to lure people back, adding that a new promotional video will highlight Phuket’s main attractions. He says the damage done to the tourism sector by the pandemic means it must now fight back to rebuild its economy.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post


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  1. David cohen

    Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 11:45 am

    That will begin to reduce the prices of quarantine hotels

  2. Issan John

    Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 2:12 pm

    Wow. 500 baht, in coupons, off the cost of your stay in Pattaya. 😮

    That should get the tourists flooding in 🙁

    • Toby Andrews

      Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 5:45 pm

      I see a definite shift in I John’s favour of all matters Thai, to criticism of matters Thai, mild though they are.
      I suppose seeing weeks of overwhelming evidence that many Thais are cheating, lying, rats, has changed his mind.
      The B100 price discount coupons will just put prices up Chon Buri.
      The prices are set at a market price, when a voucher is supplied worth B100, the market price then becomes higher.
      In addition the vouchers will just be bought off the tourists for half price, can they not see that happening?
      Where will the evidence be that the tourist even went to the attraction?

      • Issan John

        Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 6:39 pm

        Nothing’s “changed my mind” either way, Toby.

        Carrot and stick. Credit where it’s due as well as criticism.

  3. Kim

    Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 4:06 pm

    The We Travel Together campaign providing 40pct discount on hotel bookings has been cancelled and these people now believe that a daily credit voucher of 100 thb per day is gonna do the magical trick. Its laughable.

  4. luca

    Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 8:12 pm

    after a year of stop and go we can say that domestic tourism is absolutely not sufficient to support the industry, all the initiatives that the government can take will have a minimal effect, it seems to me that the increase in silly proposals is an indication of a progressive worsening of the economic situation

  5. Jim kelly

    Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 8:59 pm

    HA..ha…ha.. OMFG… i’m laughing so much I NEED TO GO FOR A CRAP!!!!

  6. Amy Sukwan

    Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 9:39 pm

    We shall soon be celebrating “Two weeks to flatten the curve” in what should become an annual holiday around the globe. I was in Phuket Immigration today. It was quite busy upstairs with folks scrambling before Chinese New Year. The tourist section had exactly one person in it, a lone visa officer holding down the fort. I want to travel to land we have in Isaan but I am worried about restrictions, Covid tests, quarantine, what if I tested positive even though I feel fine and all of that other Jazz. The Thai folks are hunkering down here, building houses in the backwoods. Some are very nice. But shanty towns are making a comeback too…

  7. Jim kelly

    Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    Phuket becoming the ‘New RIO??!” People taking their chances and building makeshift accommodation…?! THE GOVERNMENT’S ‘NEW WORLD ORDER’!!

  8. Bill Fischer

    Friday, February 12, 2021 at 8:26 am

    ‘Have you ever’ asked someone who speaks English for help? That logo needs a question mark at the end. I wouldn’t dream of writing something in Thai that goes to print without asking a native Thai speaker if it is correct.

    There is no actual vaccine plan, so this is all a waste of time. Fire Anutin and anyone else who doesn’t know how to organize the vaccine distribution.

  9. Henry Ford

    Friday, February 12, 2021 at 8:56 am

    Phuket’s Campaign “Have you ever” been ripped off by our taxis?

  10. TS

    Friday, February 12, 2021 at 11:42 am

    how many scammy shite balls will they throw at the wall to see if one sticks? The Thais aren’t travelling anywhere in meaningful numbers nor will foreigners fly many hours to get here

  11. Johnny Dee

    Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 3:21 pm

    Thailand does need tourism desperately!! Thailand is doomed without tourism so this brain dead idea well I’m not surprised really it’s so laughable!! The floodgates of tourists will be flocking in with this deal.what’s the next idea can’t wait for tomorrow ??

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