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Hoteliers to discuss how to revive Thailand’s crippled hospitality industry

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The hospitality industry has taken a beating from the pandemic and a 2 year revival plan is now in the works to at least address the urgent problems faced by Thai hotels and hospitality outlets. The Tourism and Sports Ministry is holding a brainstorming session and around 15 hotel operators are expected to join to discuss recovery solutions for the battered industry.

Some top executives are planned to pitch in on revival plan including those from Dusit International, Erawan Group, Asset World Corp and Minor Hotels. After those from the industry weigh in on possible solutions for the plan, the proposals will be discussed at the November 24 Tourism Authority of Thailand meeting. TAT governor Yuthasak Supasorn says that if needed, they’ll request an additional budget for the plan.

A main problem with Thailand’s tourism industry is the income gap. Some companies are benefitting from the reboot of domestic tourism, while other companies are still struggling to make ends meet, Yuthasak says. Others have already gone out of business, never to re-open.

Tour bus workers have been hit hard by the pandemic and 70% of all bus workers temporarily lost their jobs, according to Thai Transportation Operators Association vice president Jiradej Huayhongthong. He says tour operators have not been able to benefit from recent tourism schemes, which have been aimed at helping hotels and airlines, and suggests that future plans include tour operators.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    Ray W.

    November 16, 2020 at 12:34 pm

    “A main problem with Thailand’s tourism industry is the income gap”, LOL. This is like property management meeting to address why the building is getting so hot and discussing the broken AC… but not the fire that burning the place to the ground. How about we talk about THE MAIN problem – we aren’t letting tourists in the country. It would seem we should probably start with that… unbelievable.

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      Khun plastic

      November 16, 2020 at 1:00 pm

      This is all dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s stuff.
      If you don’t allow tourists to visit the hospitality industry will die in an instant.
      Why can nobody see this elephant in the room!
      Truly amazing Thailand.!

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    7.62mm of darwin

    November 16, 2020 at 12:56 pm

    Even if you did allow tourists to enter Thailand most countries still wont let people OUT so it is moot. The mortality rate is ridiculously low and is being manipulated for yet more power over the people. Victoria here in oz is almost a police state run by a meglamaniac by the name of Andrews. The truth is covid is the genie out of the bottle and you cant put him back so he must be absorbed. Since vaccine is primarily an attenuated form of the disease its application to the aged will kill them so where are we.

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    jesus monroe

    November 16, 2020 at 1:03 pm

    Correct Ray. Until they open the borders and stop being elitist about who they let in it’s all bullshit. Did I forget to mention that many tourists are now poor too. I would love to come to Thailand again but not with all those rules….forget it

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    David Jackson

    November 16, 2020 at 2:04 pm

    “Revival Plan”….really?!

    It’s not rocket science and my five year old children get it. Here, I will make it simple…

    X=number of tourists needed to break even.

    Y=number of tourists allowed in the country.

    If X>Y then hotel closes.
    If Y>X then hotel has a future.

    QED

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    Mike Frenchie

    November 16, 2020 at 2:21 pm

    They better to hurry up.
    Minor group (probably the best of breed of the Thai hospitality industry), the hotel part, has less than a year of “cash-burning” before filing for bankruptcy and the restaurant biz will be history much before that.
    The boss of the group is a wise businessman who sees what to do but who in the government will lesson to him? Hundreds of thousands of jobs are on the line…

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      Khun plastic

      November 16, 2020 at 2:56 pm

      Nailed,he’s obviously very good to have that amount of cash/line’s of credit available for a rainy day.
      When prudent experienced buissness folk such as this man can get nowhere what chance do the rest have.
      Do not know the man but have stayed at a few of his properties and found them all to be world class.

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        Mike Frenchie

        November 16, 2020 at 4:44 pm

        And Minor group is 70% outside Thailand for the hotel part (the Spanish season was not great but enough to survive). Imagine if you group is 100% Thai based… you will not reach next high season.

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          Issan John

          November 16, 2020 at 6:15 pm

          Yes and no.

          ‘Yes’, it’s 70% in Spain, but ‘no’ it’s not enough to survive on either international or domestic tourism as both have collapsed. Spain isn’t going to lift its lockdown anytime soon, so that part of his group will only “survive’ if it’s propped up by the 30% in Thailand which is why he’s understandably desperate to salvage anything from the disaster.

          The simple reality is that there is no solution until there are reliable tests and an effective vaccine, which will probably take another year at best, and the global economy recovers from the recession which may take considerably longer.

          As the Seychelles has shown beyond too much doubt, throwing the borders open only brings back a very small fraction of the tourists and that’s when there’s little competition.

          There simply is no answer, and any attempts at a short term solution for the international tourism sector would only cause medium and long term damage to the rest of the economy and the country and people just have to accept that and admit it, as Vietnam has.

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    Mike Frenchie

    November 16, 2020 at 2:24 pm

    “Some companies are benefitting from the reboot of domestic tourism”

    “Travel together” is a failure… anyway who except few people working for the state WITH big salaries (very rare) will travel right now? Nobody? Most Thai tourists are drinking beer on Jomtien beach spending 500 THB/day… that’s the reality.

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    Patrick Nouvel

    November 16, 2020 at 2:47 pm

    Ok big groups have their specific problems, who is there for the thousands of small & medium independant hotels closing for good now & fast since big talkings only unfolloed by real confirmed measures like BS sooft loans?

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      Mike Frenchie

      November 16, 2020 at 4:47 pm

      Nobody… small independent hotels will probably not reach next next Xmas… best is to lay off everybody and freeze the loans.

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        Issan John

        November 16, 2020 at 6:18 pm

        Agreed 100%, Mike Frenchie – N-O-B-O-D-Y.

        There is no solution, in Thailand or anywhere else. Shit happens, and it’s as simple as that.

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    Don R

    November 16, 2020 at 9:22 pm

    You make your bed, now you sleep in it.

    The establishment has demonstrated historically poor judgement this year. There ought to be consequences for what they’ve done:

    135 million face malnutrition
    30 million face starvation (333% increase)
    Over 200 million face extreme poverty (first increase since 1990)
    872 million children unable to return to school
    Child mortality to increase by millions due to disruptions in healthcare systems
    $19 trillion increase in govt debt
    $12 trillion in economic loss
    $3.5 trillion in lost wages
    245 million jobs lost

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    John

    November 17, 2020 at 12:24 pm

    You don’t need a meeting! Just open up the country. Covid test prior to Arival. If all clear have a great holiday no quarantine. Why are we deleting month by month.

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    West Tiger

    November 17, 2020 at 2:04 pm

    The obvious answer is to let in Farangs who are married to Thai ladies and can proof it and people who have kids here with Thai ladies and can proof it. It’s nice and simple, so probably won’t happen

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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Protesters suing Thai PM, police and officials over State of Emergency in October

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Protesters and human rights lawyers are officially suing the Thai PM, a deputy PM and other members of the government and police for 3.5 million baht in damages. The lawsuits cover the declaration of a state of emergency that was imposed for a week during October following a major protest where a royal motorcade drove into the path of a protest near the Democracy Monument in Bangkok.

Police claim that protesters “blocked” the path of the royal motorcade, but video of the incident shows the protesters were gesturing at the yellowRolls Royce and yelling at the occupants as it passed by, without obstruction. Her Majesty the Queen and the King’s youngest son were in the vehicle at the time.

There are seven complainants, each demanding 500,000 baht in compensation.

The State of Emergency was announced for Bangkok on October 15, at 4am in the morning following the protest.

Representatives of the Human Rights Lawyers Association filed the lawsuit with the Civil Court yesterday. It lawsuit also targeted the Prime Minister’s Office, national police officials and the Royal Thai Police Office.

Nuengruethai Kijakansuparoek, of the lawyers’ association, claims the declaration violated rights to freedom of politics, transport and expression of opinion. The Association also warns that there are more lawsuits on the way.

“The closure of electric train service was ordered, some demonstrators were arrested and some people were affected by tear gas, and people were unable to voice their political opinions.”

yesterday some 5,000 gathered at the Lad Phrao intersection in an “anti coup picnic” to enjoy food, including Isaan dishes, with protest leaders speaking and musicians keeping the crowd entertained. Protest organisers said it was “a rehearsal protest against coups”.

Protesters handed the “flock” of yellow inflatable ducks over the heads, of the crowd “to represent the military passing over the people” to by-pass democratic rule and be the defacto government of Thailand. An inflatable Santa also made his way into the festivities for no apparent reason (well, Christmas is approaching).

Yesterdays rally was just 2 days after another gathering outside the Siam Commercial Bank HQ, where HM the King is the largest single shareholder in Thailand’s oldest bank, founded in 1907.

Today’s rally will start at the Imperial World Samrong shopping centre, south of central Bangkok, and march to Bang Na intersection. Then tomorrow protesters plan to hold another rally in front of the . Imperial World Samrong shopping centre.

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“Bad Students” protest group urges pupils to ditch their uniforms

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School students are being urged to ditch their uniforms and wear their own clothes from the start of the new term next week. The “Bad Students” protest group has posted an appeal on Twitter, calling on students to wear what they want.

“Finally, we can discard the obsolete uniforms and have the freedom to wear personal clothes. To all students, throw away those uniforms on December 1, and dress the way you prefer to go to school – #saygoodbyetouniforms.”

According to a Bangkok Post report, the call has also been taken up by fellow activists in the north-eastern province of Khon Kaen. The Pakee Students KKC group took to Facebook to urge students to ditch their uniforms.

“We would like to invite all students to wear your preferred outfits to school. This is meant to question whether school uniforms are that important. Will teachers not allow us to attend class just because we don’t wear uniforms? Why go to school if the principals and teachers are more interested in uniforms than schooling? If students cannot afford to buy uniforms, does this mean having no rights to attend class? Let’s try and see if wearing outfits of our choice can reduce inequality. If there are 10 students wearing their preferred clothes, they may be punished. But if all students at a school do so, just imagine the changes this will bring.”

Since anti-government protests began in mid-July, students have been railing against the Education Ministry, as well as the wider administration of PM Prayut Chan-o-cha. Amid claims of bullying, sexual harassment, and physical abuse in schools around the country, students have slammed Education Minister, Nataphol Teepsuwan, for his refusal to reform the system.

Meanwhile, Amporn Pinasa from the Office of Basic Education Commission says students refusing to wear their uniforms are in breach of school regulations. She adds that rules are there for a reason and that not everyone in society gets what they want. She points out that, rather than creating disparity, uniforms are more likely to foster a sense of equality among students.

“Wearing school uniforms will not have any direct impact on learning but it has its merits. Actually, wearing uniforms does help reduce inequality. If students wear their preferred personal clothes, it will lead to some students wanting to get the same expensive clothes as their more affluent friends, even though their parents are not as well off.”

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Health Ministry teams up with Agoda to offer quarantine hotel packages

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Anyone planning a visit or a return to Thailand can now book their quarantine stay through Agoda, following a deal between the Public Health Ministry and the hotel booking platform. Deputy Public Health Minister Satit Pitutecha announced the agreement yesterday, at a launch event at the Mövenpick Hotel BDMS Wellness Resort in Bangkok, in the company of Tares Krassanairawiwong from the Department of Health Service Support, and Agoda CEO, John Brown.

Agoda was founded in Phuket, Thailand in 1998 but now has its head offices in Singapore.

Sathit says 37 hotels offering alternative state quarantine and alternative local state quarantine have already joined the first phase of the scheme. And, with the possibility of the quarantine period being reduced from 14 days to 10 for some arrivals, he’s urging more properties to sign up.

“Thailand has a better track record in virus containment, but as long as other countries are still facing the spread of the virus, preventive measures, including quarantine under the ministry’s supervision, remain necessary and that means more ASQ facilities as well.”

The Agoda booking platform allows people coming to Thailand to choose and book their quarantine package and is available in 39 languages with around-the-clock support. Brown has thanked the Health Ministry for the initiative, saying it will prove helpful for those planning to visit or return to the Kingdom.

Meanwhile, Tares says Thailand’s 113 ASQ-approved hotels are expected to attract around 30,000 tourists and generate over 1 billion baht for the economy.

Booking.com now also has some ASQ hotels in its inventory.

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