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Axe to fall on subsidy-cheating tourism operators

Axe to fall on subsidy-cheating tourism operators

THAILAND: The governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand today (Dec 16) asked police to prosecute operators of 312 hotels and 202 shops for fraud in the government’s “We Travel Together” subsidy scheme.

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By Bangkok Post

Wednesday 16 December 2020, 04:38PM


Tourism Authority of Thailand governor Yuthasak Supasorn, right, files a complaint with deputy national police chief Pol Gen Damrongsak Kittiprapat at the Royal Thai Police Office in Bangkok today (Dec 16). Photo: Arnun Chonmahatrakool.

Tourism Authority of Thailand governor Yuthasak Supasorn, right, files a complaint with deputy national police chief Pol Gen Damrongsak Kittiprapat at the Royal Thai Police Office in Bangkok today (Dec 16). Photo: Arnun Chonmahatrakool.

Yuthasak Supasorn filed his complaint with deputy national police chief Pol Gen Damrongsak Kittiprapat at the Royal Thai Police Office. He said the TAT found fraudulent transactions at 312 hotels and 202 shops, and some customers were also involved.

The government initiated the “We Travel Together” scheme to stimulate tourism heavily hit by the novel coronavirus pandemic. It paid 40% of room rates for travellers and offered e-vouchers worth B600-900 for their daily spending.

Instances of fraud found by the TAT included hoteliers and restauranteurs unusually raising their prices to increase obtained subsidies, and fake hotel bookings - including at hotels that were no longer open.

Mr Yuthasak said the government body had to take legal action against those responsible for fraud since there is a second phase of the “We Travel Together” scheme.

Pol Gen Damrongsak said the Crime Suppression Division would handle the case because the crimes were committed nationwide.

The people who conspired with fraudulent tourism-related operators and received a share of illicit gains would also face legal action, he said.

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Kurt | 17 December 2020 - 12:02:09

A few days ago a comment 
with article BP about this. A family booked number of nights hotel room in Kachnaburi with "We Travel together". After last night of  scheme family booked at hotel reception another night without using "We Travel Together". Their private room booking for that night was 40% cheaper!  40%! And so are things going. How to feel after a scam of 40% per nig...

Kurt | 17 December 2020 - 09:53:56

This whole Government  'subsidy thing' has given to much room for corruption, scamming, cheating by Thai. Another Thai corruption image blow goes viral around the globe now. Let the tourist sector just alone, let it work on it's own according supply and demand mechanism. Much better.

 

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