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Poll finds most Thais have no plans to travel during long weekends

Maya Taylor

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Most Thai people plan to spend long weekends at home and have no travel plans, according to a Bangkok Poll survey. Nation Thailand reports that the survey carried out by Bangkok University shows that 54% of respondents have not made any travel plans for December. In terms of those who do plan to travel, Chiang Mai has proved the most popular destination.

1,137 people were surveyed across the country, with more than half saying they had made no travel plans. The biggest reason, given by 20%, is work commitments, followed by financial constraints (nearly 12%) and health issues (nearly 9%).

However, over 25% of people say they do plan to travel during long weekends in December, while nearly 21% say they’re unsure. In terms of destinations, Chiang Mai has come out on top, popular with 25% of respondents. It was followed by Chiang Rai at 9%, the northern provinces of Nan (over 6.5%) and Phetchabun (nearly 6.5%) and Loei in the north-east (over 5%).

For several months now, the Thai government has been running a stimulus campaign aimed at boosting domestic tourism. When asked about their knowledge of the We Travel Together scheme (“Rao Pai Tiew Gun”), nearly 70% knew about it, but over 32% said they were not aware of it.

The poll found that over 61% of those surveyed have not registered for the scheme. 18.5% say this is because they don’t know how to use the app, 15.5% say registration is too complicated, while 3.5% say the same about trying to book a hotel room through the scheme.

Over 55% of people say they believe the government’s stimulus campaign is proving effective and will encourage more people to travel, while nearly 45% say they believe the benefit to the tourism sector will be minimal.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

 

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27 Comments

27 Comments

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    Toby Andrews

    Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 10:29 am

    70 percent knew about it. 32 percent were not aware of it.
    The (we travel together scheme)
    I stopped reading at that point.
    .
    .
    .lol

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    B.T.

    Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 10:54 am

    Wrong stimulus ,but what you can aspect from uneducated military folks? Stimulus to encouraging spending money is miscarriage idea.No even 1 stimulus to help people business to help people make money.

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      Issan John

      Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 11:54 am

      So what would you suggest, presumably as an educated, non-military person?

      Any suggestions at all?

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        B.T.

        Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 5:28 pm

        Any suggestions are irrelevant because nothing will change the feudal system.They did nothing.And they are perfect with keeping status quo.

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          Preesy Chepuce

          Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 9:01 pm

          It’s not like John has any suggestions, only endless questions and lickspittle allegiance to the authorities. If you want a sensible suggestion – give people free access to retraining to do jobs that are actually in demand, how about that for a brainwave?
          Chucking £1.50 at people and telling them to go shopping when they’re mostly skint and in debt… how’s that panning out?
          £3,000 luxury incarceration holidays, and pleas for more tourism? Get real…

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          Issan John

          Sunday, December 13, 2020 at 1:12 am

          So no suggestions or ideas at all?

          No surprises there …..

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            Andres

            Sunday, December 13, 2020 at 3:44 am

            Can you just take a rest please. It looks like you have nothing else to do just to watch thethaiger.com day and night and immediately and always reply with your anti-everything!! comments. Time to see a psychologist Isaan John, before it is too late.

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    Jesus Monroe

    Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 11:02 am

    Why does this government wanna make everything complicated. When will their dumb asses learn….

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    gosport

    Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 11:38 am

    I do doubt the poll. Too many one the road. Good drive, good luck

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    Issan John

    Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 12:13 pm

    Yes and no, gosport.

    The suggestion, echoed by some commenting here, is that it’s not many as “most Thai people plan to spend long weekends at home” – but 25% of the population travelling this weekend is ONE HELL OF A LOT of people!

    I live in a very popular tourist destination (for Thais) at this time of year, and while it’s always busy with tour buses this month it’s absolutely packed this weekend with mini-buses, private cars and motor bikes.

    Whether the plan is a good idea or not is arguable, but it’s certainly got a lot of people out spending money.

    Throw in the start of the sugar cane season, though, and you’re spot on – waaay “too many on the road”.

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      Graham Smith

      Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 6:11 pm

      Chiang mai?

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        Preesy Chepuce

        Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 9:05 pm

        No, Portsmouth, probably.

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        Issan John

        Sunday, December 13, 2020 at 1:14 am

        No, thank God!

        Popular with Thais, not farangs.

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    Walter Breymann

    Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 12:14 pm

    “The biggest reason, given by 20%, is work commitments, followed by financial constraints (nearly 12%) and health issues (nearly 9%).” With “health issues” do they mean the possibility to get killed on the road in one of these regular carnage?

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    Happy Tourist

    Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 12:34 pm

    so 46% will travel this weekend. then 32,2 millions thai people should be on the road. who believes that?

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      Issan John

      Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 2:05 pm

      Sorry, but it’s not actually “46%”, as although “54% of respondents have not made any travel plans for December” that doesn’t mean the other 46% have or will “travel this weekend” and be “on the road” since this isn’t the only long weekend and, for example, “nearly 21% say they’re unsure”.

      I think the figure’s actually “25% of people say they do plan to travel during long weekends in December”, and that’s not necessarily this “long weekend” as there’s also New Year.

      Given the numbers on the road here (locally) today, and the numbers that normally travel at New Year, particularly as many weren’t able to go home this year for Songkran, I’d suggest that 25% of Thais going somewhere this weekend or at New Year probably isn’t that unreasonable.

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    Ian

    Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 5:22 pm

    Is it me or does this issan John guy talk some crap please God tell me he’s not English and worst of all from Yorkshire as we from Yorkshire are good proud sensible people

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      Eamonn Maher

      Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 6:46 pm

      You are not alone, Ian. Issan John does indeed talk some crap but just occasionally he writes some good comments too. Unfortunately the latter is far outweighed by the former.

      In the above string he writes “…..but 25% of the people travelling this weekend is ONE HELL OF A LOT OF PEOPLE!”. Sounds pretty definitive to me.

      But less than two hours later, Issan John writes “…..I’d suggest that 25% of Thais going somewhere this weekend or at New Year probably isn’t that unreasonable.” Sounds very sketchy to me – far from definitive.

      I read what he says with interest, but I definitely draw my own conclusions!! He’s a native English speaker and writer for sure, but obviously thinking first doesn’t come so naturally!

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      Preesy Chepuce

      Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 9:04 pm

      ‘appen as laak as mebbies, tha knows. He’s an unpaid employee of TAT, and probably TIT as well, if there is such an organisation.

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      Toby Andrews

      Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 10:09 pm

      I did ask Issan John what his ethnicity was, however I am still waiting for a reply.
      Even if he is a cross between a negro and Arab, plus being a dwarf, I would still treat him comments with the respect they deserve.

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    Ian

    Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 5:42 pm

    Most are skint what you expect ,I’ve never known a country with so many holidays lol

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    Alte Ledertasche

    Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 6:33 pm

    Sure they wont travel. There is simple no cash. Just been at Nai Harn beach today. Empty and excellence silence. I love it.

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    Ray

    Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 6:36 pm

    What is often overlooked is that domestic tourism doesn’t raise the GDP of a country. I don’t get the impression that Thais are big savers. Money spent on holidays will not be spent on other things. Of course the hospitality industry will benefit but retailers and other services will have less income.

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    Leo Z

    Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 10:29 pm

    Yet another misguided travel survey. And I’m not talking about just Thailand (in China they do the same surveys and calculations). The question is not whether you have any plan to travel and where. The question should be what’s the reason for traveling and how much money you plan to spend.

    For example, going home to Petchabun or Loei, where you’ll stay with your folks and spend less than in BKK, does not contribute to a travel recovery.

    In China the state media kept “advertising” the increased travel numbers for the October and Mid-Autumn festival holiday, proclaiming the tourist sector has recovered, when the reality was that 80% of those travelers were just going home from the big cities for 15 days.

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    James R

    Sunday, December 13, 2020 at 12:58 am

    Talking of travel……..

    We are selling a house in Rayong and so my wife has to go back to do the land documents etc for the sale at the land office.

    By flying with Thai Airways from London (only available once a week) the ticket and the two weeks forced-stay in a ‘quarantine hotel” in Bangkok is £850, yes a return flight and the hotel for £850.

    Now if she was a farang………..

    It does make me laugh as this price is only available to Thais and is not hidden from the public.

    Farangs of course have to pay through the nose as usual.

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    west tiger

    Sunday, December 13, 2020 at 2:48 am

    With the country in free fall the wise people are being very careful with there money.

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    bill

    Sunday, December 13, 2020 at 3:22 am

    Always interesting reading isaan johns comments. Guy lives on this site

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