The Thai government will launch a 3,000 baht support package (nearly US $ 100) for 5 million hotel rooms and a 40% discount on airline tickets to stimulate domestic tourism. This is part of a 20 billion baht program to revitalize the tourism industry of this Southeast Asian country.
In particular, Thai Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn said on June 13 that a stimulus package will be submitted to the Government for approval next week with the expectation that it will help increase about 100 million trips domestic calendar.
This is one of the Thai Government’s efforts to boost its total tourism revenue to 1.23 trillion baht in 2020. Of which, Thailand expects to earn 402 billion baht from domestic spending and 828 billion baht for international visitors. In addition, Thailand also prohibits state officials from traveling abroad, to contribute to promoting domestic tourism.
Mr. Phiphat said that tourists aged 20 and over will be eligible to use the Government’s support package when booking a hotel or buying airline tickets from participating airlines. The government will support 40% of the spending with a maximum of 3,000 baht per person and a hotel stay of no more than five nights.
It is expected that the stimulus package will be deployed between July and October and Thai tourists will be required to register for the support package through the Krungthai bank application.
In addition, another travel assistance package has been designed specifically for 1.2 million Thai medical workers and volunteers as a reward for their hard work over the years, with a support level of 2,000 baht / person.
Mr. Phiphat also updated the information from Thailand’s Covid-19 Situation Management Center (CCSA) on the prospect of bilateral agreements that allow people between the two countries to travel without a 14-day quarantine. However, in the first phase, Thailand will only allow entry for two groups of business people including invitations from businesses and patients with medical appointments in Thailand and limited to about 1,000 people every day.
According to CCSA, the countries and territories that will be able to reach an agreement include China, Japan, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar and countries in the Middle East.