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Special holiday weekend expected to generate 12.6 billion baht – TAT governor

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With this Thursday and Friday deemed “special holidays” in an effort to boost domestic tourism, 3.02 million people are expected to travel around Thailand and generate over 12.6 billion baht in tourism revenue, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

The recent Covid-19 cases could influence travellers’ plans, TAT governor Yuthasak Supasorn says. In Bangkok, a Hungarian diplomat tested positive after coming in contact with the visiting Hungarian foreign minister. In Rayong, a South Korean soldier tested positive after returning home from Thailand’s Cobra Gold military training exercise. The soldier also stayed in Bangkok during his time in Thailand. Last month in Koh Samui, a woman tested positive after being released from a Samut Prakan quarantine facility.

Along with Covid fears, the number of travellers might not be high because several private companies decided not to grant the extra holidays, Yuthasak says. He adds that there is another long holiday in December and some people might be saving up to travel then.

Yuthasak expects the total number of travellers to be close to the amount of travellers during September’s long weekend. He estimates that room occupancy will average at 37%.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. Paul Mock

    Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 1:37 pm

    How does the thai government expect domestic tourism to generate so much money to the tourism sector and more when when there is very little money spread around by holiday makers which would allow domestic thai tourists money to spend….surely the government offering thai people special deals and discounts just means the government is spending government money and not the thai people spending money ??!!

  2. David Jackson

    Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 1:54 pm

    A ‘Special Holiday’ doesn’t generate anything apart from causing planning issues for existing institutions such as schools, factories and companies.
    In terms of the 12.6 Billion THB, again, nothing is created … it merely relocates money from one bank to another.
    Open the doors now Thailand.

    • Nipral

      Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 2:28 pm

      You are damn right but try to explain to military !!!
      The safest way to waste your time !

  3. Nipral

    Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 2:18 pm

    Stupid remark ! This is simply domestic Baths which remain domestic !
    The only income that will eventually improve the economy is the the one
    imported ie foreign tourists ….Not anytime soon !!!
    Looks like the smart Thai government has not yet negociated vaccine supply neither
    with Pfizer nor Moderna.

    • Issan John

      Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 3:15 pm

      “Stupid remark ! This is simply domestic Baths which remain domestic !
      The only income that will eventually improve the economy is the the one
      imported ie foreign tourists ….Not anytime soon !!!”

      …and that’s an even more “stupid remark”. The Thai economy has been hit considerably more by a drop in demand for exports than by the lack of “foreign tourists”.

    • Issan John

      Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 3:15 pm

      “Looks like the smart Thai government has not yet negociated vaccine supply neither
      with Pfizer nor Moderna.”

      Why would they?

      Neither vaccine has been either proved or approved, and they’ve already “negotiated” to have a vaccine produced here, in Thailand, once proved and approved.

      • Mike Frenchie

        Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 7:37 pm

        Because everybody else has booked the production… Thailand will end up in 2022 with 10 million unemployed people.

  4. Gosport

    Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 2:26 pm

    Domestic tourism is the only way out current conundrum. Wait for vaccine, one say 90% effectiveness, the other 93, I think some guy someday, will put out 119 %. They just want to sell shares, borrow more free money.

  5. Mike Frenchie

    Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 7:34 pm

    A couple of beers on Jomtien beach, the bus trip and maybe one cheap restaurant (for the few rich ones).

  6. Philip Tempe

    Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 8:51 pm

    Am I missing something here…the chinese are the ones that started this horrific pandemic.
    Yet Thailand wants them back in a hurry.
    I have been to thailand on holiday twice.
    Lovely country lovely people
    My girlfriend is thai.
    When I was there in 2019 the chinese are everywhere they seem to take the tourist spots over like an invasion..

    • Jowen

      Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 4:16 am

      Because for one; China is the largest population in the world, and they’re not too far from the country of Thailand itself. Sure, some or many big spenders come from China. Second of all, how do you know that the cause of the COVID-19 pandemic is cause by the Chinese people itself? Sure it happened in China but could you please elaborate..? Where is the origin or who were the people that started this tests at the lab? Who are the people to backed this tests? Who approved and supply them with these things..?

      • Stephen Westrip

        Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 2:42 am

        My take on the Chinese starting the pandemic (or not) is that it was not done purposefully but because of turning a blind eye to wet markets and illegal trading. The Chinese people know that some things sold at wet markets were illegal. Officials and the Chinese government turned a blind eye. Still these animals were bought and here we are. A virus infected humans via the food chain.

      • TS

        Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 11:38 pm

        Yes! This weekend will generate even more domestic tourist spending than the massive phuket veggie festival which was a huge success-so large a draw that fully booked STV flights from china had to be postponed. 12.6 billion revenue is a lowball estimate. Since the country’s economy has almost completely recovered thanks to mr. p.m. dick tater, millions of Thais are ready to head out on holiday again. WooHoo, tourist industry saved!

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