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Tourism council urges Chiang Mai hotels to open up to meet domestic tourism demand



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The chair of Chiang Mai’s branch of the Tourism Council of Thailand says the city’s hotels and tour agencies are showing little interest in reopening, despite the province expecting a surge in domestic tourism as a result of the government’s stimulus offering.

Nation Thailand reports that tourism chief Punlop Sae-Jew says many properties continue to keep their doors shut as this time of year is traditionally seen as low season. While some hotels say it’s not worth reopening when occupancy rates are lower than 12%, Punlop argues that reopening up would generate much-needed additional revenue.

He adds that 80% of the province’s 1,000 tour agencies are also closed, with the other 20% concentrating on online channels to increase revenue. It’s understood that Chiang Mai has lost at least 30 billion baht in tourism revenue since the end of March. The province’s high season is normally between the months of January and July when tourists generate around 70 billion baht.

Punlop says the government’s domestic tourism stimulus campaign could see the province receiving around 100 billion baht from tourists, with his office in talks with airlines to help market the province to domestic travellers.

The same situation is being reflected in other tourism zones around the country that rely heavily on tourism. The government is giving out money for people to visit, but when they arrive there’s nothing to do and the shops are mostly closed.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand


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  1. Toby Andrews

    Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 3:25 pm

    The problem is that Thais will not pay the money that the hotels were used to from the foreign tourists. As for tours, will groups of Thais pay tour agencies? I doubt it the Thais do not need tours. They know Thailand.
    They have to compel the government to allow foreign tourists in, or revert to farming or being motor cycle taxi drivers. Still they had a few good years. I hope they put some savings by.

  2. jan

    Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 5:15 pm

    On Koh Samet, after the long weekend with with restrictions on diving and snorkelling from tour boats, now they have indefinitely banned use of all hotel swimming pools. This is after declaration of no Covid in Rayong district last week. Why are the local government trying to kill local tourism when there is effectivy no community covid transmission apart from Thais returning from overseas who are supposedly in quarantine? Are there brown paper bags being sought?

  3. Toby Andrews

    Thursday, July 30, 2020 at 12:13 am

    Yes no bans, there are no paper bags handing over. The police thrive on profit from bans

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