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Lights, camera, Covid – Tourism Ministry wants film crews to come to Thailand now




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Without much luck with their ‘cunning ideas’ to draw back a few of the remaining world’s travellers, Thailand’s tourism officials are turning to the film industry to attract some people and investment. The Tourism and Sports Ministry is aiming to generate around 3 billion baht from foreign film crews and is targeting film projects with an investment over 100 million baht.

Foreign tourism revenue drastically dropped 83% in 2020, diving from nearly 40 million tourists in 2019 to only 6.7 million tourists in 2020, the vast majority of those visiting in the first 3 months of the year.

Anant Wongbenjarat, the tourism department’s director-general, says that Thailand welcomed 176 international film productions to the country last year, generating 1.73 billion baht. But this impressive number is a sharp decrease compared to 2019 when 740 foreign film crews generated 4.86 billion baht for the local economy.

Let’s face it, with long stretches of empty beaches and quieter streets, especially in some of the tourist hot spots at the moment, there’s never been a better time for international film crews to shoot their films in the Land of Smiles.

Fast & Furious 9 was shooting in and around the Krabi province during 3 months in 2019. Read about that HERE.

Check out The Thaiger’s pick for the Top 10 foreign films made in Thailand HERE.

Last August, the CCSA granted “special entry” permission for film productions to shoot in Thailand and take advantage of the amazing scenery, generally “under control” Covid situation and the country’s highly skilled film production crews. 53 film production projects were based, and mostly shot, in Thailand between August and December last year, contributing 1.14 billion baht to the economy.

But, you guessed it, all crews and actors entering Thailand still had to undergo the mandatory 14 day quarantine.

“International productions can proceed and generate income for locals despite the tourism slowdown. In the first half of this year, there will be nine more productions expected to come in and help create at least 800 jobs for locals.”

SOURCE: Bangkok Post


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    Stefan Svensson

    Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 9:19 pm

    Must be comedy movies!

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      Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 8:29 pm

      Highly skilled ?? I think the chain has jumped completely of for them – complete redicilus TV – and why should they go to Thailand ? forget it . nonsense, no feeling or idea of how the world really are. .

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    Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 9:35 pm

    800 jobs, well done payut, Thailand is saved, if you add the 3000+ tourist, i think it’s safe to assume that 2021 will be a great year for thai GDP, other country must be so jealous of our clever leader and his team of genius

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      Issan John

      Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 10:17 pm

      While other countries may not be “jealous” of Thailand’s government, it’s increasingly clear (and understandable) that many are jealous of Thailand’s success, at least so far, with minimising the effects of Covid – including the effect on GDP.

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        Sunday, January 31, 2021 at 3:24 pm

        Yes sure, a success… You are a window licker,payed by the dictatorship.

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        Sunday, January 31, 2021 at 6:14 pm

        Now you’ll get the Boot Licking Nobel in addition to the Moron in Chief award !

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        James R

        Sunday, January 31, 2021 at 9:18 pm

        Issan John

        You believe all the nonsense on the statistics coming out of the dictatorial Thai government re the number of infections and deaths, you are more of a fool than can be seen from your comments.

        The GDP in Thailand has shrunk inline with many other countries.

        I doubt any Western country is jealous of Thailand’s economy pre or post virus.

        We know you are star struck with Thailand and hate the West but you have to stick with facts.

        If you are a good boy you can have some of our vaccines, if you wait for Thailand to manufacture them you will have a long long wait.

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          Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 8:33 pm

          or it might be his thai wife who tell him what he have to say – and think – and write.

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        Andrew Clempton

        Monday, February 1, 2021 at 4:22 pm

        Are you seriously that naive..? I guess that name “Issan” fits you well..

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        Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 8:31 pm

        love makes blind. how much are you payed for say that nonsense ? or is it your thai wife who talk for you ?

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    Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 9:46 pm

    Revenue lost from international tourism problem solved! There, fixed the title of article.

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    Stefan Svensson

    Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 11:09 pm

    Must be a Comedy?

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    Toby Andrews

    Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 11:42 pm

    And every one arriving to make films and pay money to Thailand, has to go into quarantine for 14 -16 day quarantine, plus massive other expenses.
    Another example of peasants in uniform who could hold down a job running a car park in the West.

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    Patrick Kelly

    Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 2:21 am

    Will be several years before the major airports in Thailand see the crowds of 2019. It takes time before Draconian rules & regulations weaken after this major paranoia & cowering. The poor will feel the effects unequally . That’s how the world works unfortunately. Bad times roll downhill.

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    Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 4:15 am





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    Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 5:58 am

    Does this moron expect the film crew to undergo 14 (or 1) days quarantine for say 10 or 15 days shooting ??? ??????
    Amazing Thailand !

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      Issan John

      Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 10:40 pm

      Not only “expects”, but if you read the article THEY ALREADY HAVE.

      Last year, August to December, when the crews had to quarantine, there were 53 films made generating 21.5 million per film.

      In 2019, 176 films generating 1.73 billion, so less than half that at just under 10 million per film.

      In 2018, 740 films generating 4.8 billion, so only 6.5 million per film.

      Maybe he’s not quite such a “moron” after all …..

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        Sunday, January 31, 2021 at 3:26 pm

        Maybe he is not… But for sure you are.
        Still licking windows little Johnny? Eh?

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        Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 6:52 pm

        Could be good business for the porn industry given so many girls in the entertainment sector is now without work. “Lockdown girls”, “Clamydia beach paradise” and similar blockbuster titles come to mind.

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    Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 8:17 am

    Do they really not know what nonsense they are talking sometimes. In which bubble are they living and which school they went? First they destroy themselve the tourism and after making one stunt after one. Do they know about the fact always shooting in the own foot. Kids should not play with guns!

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    Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 9:55 am

    Another bright idea like golfing or yachting quarantine. Fortunately the ridicule doesn’t kill !

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    Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 12:56 pm

    Utterly naive or stupid or…both !Amazing Thailand…

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      Mr cynic

      Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 4:57 pm

      Can only see this appealing to film crews from the prc who want to make promotional films about the new probationary province.far as i am aware most movie theatres worldwide have been closed down for a year or so now and the production companies are sitting on plenty of new releases until the situation improves.
      can’t really see this having much appeal to the hollywood or bollywood set at present however good luck to them if they manage pull it off.

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        Issan John

        Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 10:43 pm

        Exactly, Mr C – why not?

        … and the return per film is clearly a lot more, year on year, with smaller numbers …

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          Sunday, January 31, 2021 at 10:19 am

          Good they managed to generate some income, but it still not nearly enough to help or save anyone you know that right? Movie industry is falling apart aswell and the latest bigger budget movies have tanked. The vaccine roll-out is non existent and the infections are dragging up in record numbers.. You can protect and look-up to your idol prayut all you want John but he’s an idiot, liar and manipulator just as the rest of his cabinet.

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            Issan John

            Sunday, January 31, 2021 at 7:50 pm

            Yes, Siso, I do “know that”, but I’ve no idea where you dreamt up my views of the current government from as I’ve made my views on their democratic legitimacy and the legitimacy of the referendum on the constitution very clear and you couldn’t be wider of the mark.

            Unlike some, though, I don’t agree with “bashing” people when they get something right just because they get other things wrong – that just doesn’t seem very constructive to me.

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    Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 10:17 am

    Only adults movies could create temporary jobs in Thailand. Is it what tourism officials aim at after failing with high-end international guests (yachts, golf, etc….) ?

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    J West

    Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 11:31 am

    Meanwhile, the local industry is pumping out the soaps . Small wonder that no one knows what’s going on. We’re too busy glued to the tube. Thailand is a constant intrigue of rich Bangkokian sons romancing Isaan Buffalo Mor Lum singer girls, and vice versa, stabbing leach other in the back, and stealing husbands and boyfriends for fun and profit. Of course hand holding and extended eye contact is what keeps them coming back. And what’s Bella doing next? Who’s got time for reality?

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    Graham Smith

    Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 4:25 pm

    Really shows how important we dirty foreigners really are for this Los ..! These panic-producing ideas after ideas actually become a mega hit in movie format. Cut !!!!!!!

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      Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 10:02 am

      You are right ! We have all ingredients for a “horror comedy” on Netflix !
      Prahut needs no make-up and he can tell his own lines !

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    Daniel Verex

    Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 4:48 pm

    Plenty of You Tube video showing how to cope with 14 day strict hotel quarantine. Why the need for even more film crews…

    This is the Welcome to Thailand the world is currently seeing.

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    Monday, February 15, 2021 at 1:27 am

    Just curious if any of the negative commenters have ever or work in the film business? I work in the film business and made 2 USA movies in thailand in 2019 Extraction and Da 4 bloods. This year are making few big budget superhero movies here and have a couple other projects in the works for thailand.

    We bring over many crew members and yes we quarantine for 14 days but we dont shoot for 15 days after. We also hire many local crew as well and they are just as capable if not more capable than the crews in USA.

    To say oh no film will come to thailand with the restirctions is just false, its the restirctions that are bringing us here. Once here we can make a movie as if it was 2019 in a country that has done a great job controlling the pandemic. Have they made mistakes yes what country hasnt. Some more than others (cough cough usa)

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