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Tourism authority calls for expansion of domestic travel stimulus scheme

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand is calling on the government to improve the existing domestic travel stimulus programme, in the hope of boosting home-grown tourism. The current scheme provides Thai tourists with a 40% subsidy on hotel rates, up to a maximum of 3,000 baht a night, for 10 nights. It also subsidises air fares to a maximum of 2,000 baht a ticket. Travellers also receive vouchers for food and tourist attraction entrance fees, worth 600 baht on Fridays to Sundays, and 900 baht on weekdays.

The TAT is proposing that the hotel subsidy be extended from 10 nights to 15. Initially, the subsidy was available for 5 nights only, before being increased to 10 in August. TAT governor, Yuthasak Supasorn, is also proposing that the 40% rebate on flight bookings be applied at the point of sale, as opposed to passengers having to apply for it after having made a booking.

It’s understood the proposals will be presented to the government’s Covid-19 task force tomorrow, with Yuthasak hopeful that if approved, the enhancements to the scheme will further boost domestic tourism.  The proposal comes as the TAT expresses concern over a number of factors potentially contributing to a low uptake in domestic trips.

The We Travel Together stimulus programme was initially launched in mid-July, after the country emerged from lockdown, and was expected to end in October. However, it has been extended several times since, with the latest extension being until the end of January. Meanwhile, some officials have called for it to be extended right through until the end of 2021.

SOURCE: Coconuts

 

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8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. EdwardV

    Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 12:12 pm

    Thailand is the new definition of insanity. How about instead of expanding the number of days (which has already failed twice) again. Take the money set aside for this new set of additional days and expand the credit instead. Better yet roll it back to 5 days and take all that extra money and increase the credit. At least that way it might actually work.

  2. Issan John

    Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 12:36 pm

    Like the UK’s “Eat Out To Help Out” scheme, these schemes may be well intentioned but they simply don’t work – it’s putting a band-aid on a sucking chest wound and throwing the money away.

    • Jan Schauseil

      Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 1:02 pm

      Charging foreigners 1000% more to enter national parks may not be conducive to encourage them to travel domestically.

  3. kim

    Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 1:44 pm

    I think the scheme may persuade some people to do more domestic travel. My wife for one, has found some attractive offers for a weekend stay at Phi Phi, unfortunately, the ferry service provider based in Phuket is still overcharging none thais. While my wife did accept the xenophobic rip off, I personally find it disgusting and hope some day that this will be reciprocal to all thais when they travel overseas.

    • Khun plastic

      Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 7:13 pm

      Not heard about that one before. What is the percentage mark up for this boat ride over thai nationals?

  4. jesus monroe

    Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 5:02 pm

    great ideas……and so many Thai have so much cash to burn lately. IQ test anyone?

  5. Johnny Dee

    Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 6:42 am

    Common sense please that’s all it takes…the people of Thailand desperately need tourism without all the BS and utter nonsense of all of this. Take a step back and draw a plan of getting tourists back without all the barbwire tactics quite simple then all let’s get back to some kind of normality

  6. Paul C

    Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 9:55 am

    You would probably have more expats travelling within Thailand if there was no extra charges for national parks or hotels, we all live in the same country so we should all be charged the same.
    Having lived and worked in Indonesia they supplied a Indonesian I.d card which you produced if visiting any attractions or parks and you paid local rates, there was NO visa run or immigration renew every 3 months, you simply renewed your visa every year.
    Thailand should be looking to adopt new procedures

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