Thailand gives away air tickets, trips, hotel rooms, discounts to boost tourism

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The government-funding tourism campaign for general public and health volunteers will kick off in July until October in cooperation with hotels, tour companies, transport providers, restaurants, and tourism attractions.
The government-funding tourism campaign for general public and health volunteers will kick off in July until October in cooperation with hotels, tour companies, transport providers, restaurants, and tourism attractions.

Thai Cabinet approved in principle three 4-month tourism campaigns worth 22.4 billion baht, aimed at kick starting the tourism sector running from July to October.

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The government will be offering tourism packages and subsidies in three separate campaigns, starting with tourism packages for Village Health Volunteers and staff at subdistrict health promotion hospitals, who have worked tirelessly during the COVID-19 outbreak.



To finance this offer, the government will provide a 2.4-billion-baht tourism budget for 1.2 million health volunteers and health promotion hospital staff, to enable them to take a 2-day, 1-night trip or longer with a tour company. The budget will provide an allowance up to 2,000 baht for their tour package costs.

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As for the general public, the government will provide 40 percent or up to a 3,000-baht allowance for a hotel stay of up to five nights. Eligible persons will receive up to 600 baht per night allowance on the government wallet application which can be used to pay for food or services during their trip.

The government will allot a 10.8-million-baht budget for this campaign. To receive the allowance, the hotel stay must be in a province different from the traveler’s registered province of residence.

The government will also provide a transportation subsidy to 2 million people at 40 percent or no more than 1,000 baht per person, costing some 2 billion baht. The subsidy is applicable only to low-cost airline tickets, car rentals, and non-scheduled bus services.

Furthermore, people taking the benefits of the hotel stay allowance campaign, will also receive an offer of a round-trip air ticket of 2,500 baht per person.

The government has tasked Krungthai Bank to develop a central platform to collect information from hotels, tour companies, transport providers, restaurants, and tourism attractions, while the Tourism Authority of Thailand and the Ministry of Tourism and Sports will be announcing more details regarding these offers.(NNT)