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Tourism authority downgrades domestic tourism forecast

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The third wave of Covid-19 has led the Tourism Authority of Thailand to cut its forecast for domestic tourism for this year. The TAT was already forced to cut its goal at the end of April from 160 million trips to 100 – 200 million, as a result of the resurgence of the virus over the Songkran period. During the same period, tourism revenue dropped from 870 billion baht to 550 billion.

TAT governor Yuthasak Supasorn has emphasised the ongoing importance of government stimulus schemes to boost domestic travel. He says Thailand needs to continue with campaigns such as “We Travel Together”, which subsidises airfares and hotel stays, as well as “Tour Teaw Thai”, which offers co-payment on tour packages.

According to a Bangkok Post report, Yuthasak says such schemes helped Thailand record over 90 million domestic trips last year. They are expected to relaunch by the end of June or early July, when officials hope the current Covid outbreak will have been curtailed. It’s also hoped the original end date of September 30 can be extended to October 31.

Yuthasak says the schemes will be paid for out of the emergency loan decree, which was set up to manage the economic fallout from Covid-19. However, Cabinet still needs to approve the proposed extension to the stimulus packages.

The Bangkok Post reports that the TAT is also working on marketing campaigns aimed at Thais, to encourage them to take more trips within the Kingdom. One such promotion is the Unseen Thailand campaign, which was postponed as a result of the third wave of Covid-19.

Yuthasak says tourism officials also need to consider the feelings of local residents in relation to “sandbox” schemes that will allow vaccinated foreign tourists to return. He says such schemes may put Thais off travelling to those areas. He adds that should the country re-open fully in the last quarter of the year, Thai tourists may opt to go overseas and spend their money there instead.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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    Ynwaps

    Friday, May 14, 2021 at 9:50 am

    Where do the 300billion go?

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    Nigel

    Friday, May 14, 2021 at 1:39 pm

    This is a very confusing article. This is the exact quote from the Bangkok Post which has been reorganised in this article:

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    Nigel

    Friday, May 14, 2021 at 1:44 pm

    Sorry I’m giving up on this today. You start a comment and press return and it posts the comment. Secondly you start again and if you move away from the app and return then you lose all you have started to type. I’ll do it on a laptop in future. Get this sorted Thaiger or frustrations will grow and you know what that means …

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    Nigel

    Friday, May 14, 2021 at 1:46 pm

    All I’ll say is 160 is between 100-200. So how is that a reduction?

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    Jason

    Friday, May 14, 2021 at 5:43 pm

    Sadly, as with my own country, domestic tourism can’t fill the void left by international tourism. It is the same in my country. Although my country is the only country in the world that has completely closed it’s borders (no one out….no one in…except citizens coming back). Vaccination is the only possibility of returning things to any kind of normal.

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    Nigel

    Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 4:32 am

    Don’t worry @Jason. It seems Simon Small has another idea. When it was put to him that you either love with it, lockdown or vaccinate to get out of this pandemic, he wasn’t having it and said it was wrong. He didn’t offer up a fourth option, so now is his chance……

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