domestic tourism stimulus package

  • Tourism

    Domestic tourism subsidy extended, 200,000 rooms booked in first 12 hours

    The Tourism Authority of Thailand says an extension to the domestic tourism stimulus campaign has led to 200,000 hotel room bookings within the first 12 hours. TAT governor, Yuthasak Supasorn, says average bookings before the extension were around 50,000 – 60,000 a day. Transactions under the scheme are now being closely monitored, following the discovery of fraudulent bookings during the…

  • Tourism

    Phase 2 of travel stimulus may be cancelled due to fraud, as PM said to be “furious”

    Officials are considering cancelling the next phase of the government’s domestic tourism stimulus campaign, after multiple cases of fraud emerged. To date, over 200 people have been prosecuted for corruption in the domestic travel campaign, as well as in other government stimulus schemes. The Tourism Authority of Thailand says that, in conjunction with the Tourism and Sports Ministry, it has…

  • Tourism

    Addition of 1 million hotel nights delayed as fraud detected in domestic travel scheme

    The government’s plan to add 1 million hotel nights to its domestic tourism stimulus campaign has hit a snag, amid reports of fraud. Officials say irregularities have been detected in the transactions of around 514 hotels and other businesses registered with the scheme. The revelation comes as officials investigate allegations of fraud in the government’s co-payment scheme, “Let’s Go Halves”…

  • Economy

    Cabinet approves extension, upgrade of stimulus measures, welfare payments

    The government has given the green light to the extension and refinement of a number of economic stimulus schemes and welfare payments. 43.5 billion baht has been set aside to fund an extension of the current co-payment scheme and the welfare card program. It’s understood 22.5 billion baht will go to phase 2 of the co-payment scheme, with 21 billion…

  • Tourism

    Tourism authority calls for expansion of domestic travel stimulus scheme

    The Tourism Authority of Thailand is calling on the government to improve the existing domestic travel stimulus programme, in the hope of boosting home-grown tourism. The current scheme provides Thai tourists with a 40% subsidy on hotel rates, up to a maximum of 3,000 baht a night, for 10 nights. It also subsidises air fares to a maximum of 2,000…

  • Tourism

    Minister says lack of foreign visitors will have knock-on effect for domestic tourism

    The Tourism Minister says Thailand can expect a significant drop in domestic tourism unless international tourism is revived. According to a Bangkok Post report, Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn says local tourism figures are 40% of what they were in 2019, and are expected to drop further once the domestic travel stimulus scheme ends at the end of the year. The scheme has…

  • Tourism

    Domestic tourism survey indicates long road to recovery

    “Entrepreneurs in the tourism industry need to adjust their strategy to suit consumer behaviour in the new normal era.” A government survey looking at the travel habits of domestic tourists indicates an uphill struggle for the tourism industry’s recovery. Pimchanok Vonkorpon, from the Commerce Ministry’s Trade Policy and Strategy Office says around a quarter of those surveyed travelled during weekends…

  • Tourism

    Foreign Ministry to work with Tourism Authority to speed up entry paperwork for foreigners

    Foreign Ministry officials plan to coordinate with the Tourism Authority of Thailand to make the processing of international arrivals more efficient. The Bangkok Post reports that hundreds of foreigners are awaiting approval to enter the Kingdom, whether through the Special Tourist Visa scheme or as Elite Card holders, or one of the other handfuls of visa-type allowed to return to…

  • Tourism

    Domestic tourism stimulus campaign set to be extended

    Officials are discussing an extension to the domestic tourism stimulus package, following the approval of additional public holidays between now and the end of the year. The extra holidays will take place between November 19 and 22, and again from December 10 to 13, as the government continues its efforts to boost domestic tourism. Thailand’s tourism industry has been left…

  • Tourism

    Chon Buri proves most popular in domestic tourism stimulus package

    Although the uptake of incentives offered under the government’s domestic travel stimulus package is lower than expected, Chon Buri is proving a hit. The Pattaya News reports that nearly 34,000 room bookings have been made at hotels in the eastern province under the “We Travel Together” rebate scheme. This is more than in other seaside destinations popular with domestic tourists,…

  • Tourism

    Domestic tourism stimulus package gets lukewarm response

    It appears the government’s domestic tourism stimulus package is experiencing a significantly lower uptake than officials had anticipated. Yuthasak Supasorn, governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, says only around 10,000 tourists a day are availing of the perks on offer, well below the target officials had in mind. As a result, the campaign is now being extended to companies,…

  • Tourism

    Expats should get travel stimulus deals, Thai Hotels president says

    Expats might be included in the next wave of tourism incentives, at least that’s what the new president of Thai Hotels Association is pushing for. Those who live and pay taxes in Thailand should have equal rights as Thai nationals, the association’s president Marisa Sukosol Nunbhakdi says. Thai nationals have been able get deals on travel through the domestic tourism…