Thailand Finance Minister confident of success with “cash for tourists” incentive


With 32,000 businesses having already signed up to the government’s “Eat, Shop, Use” tourism-stimulus campaign, the Finance Minister Uttama Savanayana says he’s confident it will be a success, and that thousands more will sign up before the deadline of September 20.

Retailers, restaurateurs and service agencies can sign up to the campaign through the Thung Ngern Pracharat mobile app.

Participating businesses then display a sticker at their premises, letting visitors know they can spend their government “coupon” there.

Minister Uttama claims he’s feeling positive that the number signed up to the campaign will soon reach 40,000.

“We set a target of 40,000 shops and that should be achieved before the September 20 deadline,” he said. “Combined with 80,000 entrepreneurs who registered earlier this year, we will have about 120,000 shops where tourists can spend the 1,000 baht they’ll receive from the government.”

SOURCE: The Nation

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