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Long-stay travel packages in the pipeline

Long-stay travel packages in the pipeline

The Tourism and Sports Ministry is floating an idea to provide long-stay packages to foreign tourists who are seeking disease-free destinations.

By Bangkok Post

Monday 4 May 2020, 04:10PM

Tourists have to provide a health certificate and strictly comply with screenings and measures from Thai health authorities to gain entry. Photo: Pornprom Satrabhaya / Bangkok Post

Tourists have to provide a health certificate and strictly comply with screenings and measures from Thai health authorities to gain entry. Photo: Pornprom Satrabhaya / Bangkok Post

Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, Minister for Tourism and Sports, said that while international tourists are expected to gradually return after the domestic market, Thailand has to come up with a more appropriate marketing strategy to cope with the new norm of travellers.

“The ministry is working with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) to set up a model which will attract specific groups of travellers to visit chosen areas,” Mr Phiphat said, reports the Bangkok Post.

Phuket, Koh Samui and Koh Phangan will be the pilot destinations to welcome high-end tourists globally.

As those locations are reachable via limited gateways, the provincial authorities can ensure the screening of incoming guests and provide more safety prevention against the possible import of the virus compared to other major destinations, such as Bangkok, Pattaya and Chiang Mai.

Mr Phiphat said tourists who want to spend at least one month in Thailand have to provide health certificates and strictly comply with every screening and health measures by Thai health authorities.

Currently, TAT offices abroad are reaching out to the long-stay market which normally spends more than average tourists, while four-star and five-star hotels are promoting the packages to their regular guests.

“The outbreak allows Thai tourism to shift focus to quality tourists rather than quantity,” Mr Phiphat said.

The disease-free tourism packages are set to launch during the last quarter this year which is the time tourists from western countries usually seek warmer climes.

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When the pandemic in Thailand has been brought under control, international travellers must not be the cause of a second wave of the infection, said TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn.

The new health screening practices for tourists before flying to Thailand may become the standard in the future such as an idea of animmunity passport or risk-free certificate.

Mr Yuthasak said once domestic tourism resumes after lifting the lockdown measures, locals will travel in smaller groups.

Land transportation will be a popular choice, thanks to cheaper oil prices, he said.

The economic recession and drought will cause people to be more concerned about spending, so the market of budget travellers is expected to grow.

Millennials and female travellers will be the first group of independent tourists to travel.

“If the tourism industry cannot bounce back stronger from the downturn, it is difficult to restore the overall economy,” Mr Yuthasak said.

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Hermann1 | 08 May 2020 - 15:18:04

You are right LaLaLa. Many restaurants are overpriced here. Why should tourists  come here if food and drinks are more expensive then in some european capital cities. 

DeKaaskopp | 08 May 2020 - 10:10:34

@Shwe  He is a business traveler.Once in a while in SEA ,including sometimes in Thailand. That's why he has such an immense knowledge about Thailand and how everything works here.

LALALA | 08 May 2020 - 10:01:50

Shwe, I have a Pool-Villa on Phuket where I stay when I am in the south. I not visit Koh Samui or Koh Phangan, for me there is no need to go there, it is not interesting for me at all. I visited some places here for brunch - mostly Bang Tao area - but found it overpriced and not worth to return.

Shwe | 08 May 2020 - 07:00:06

LALALA, where do you stay when you are in Phuket, Koh Samui and Koh Phangan, the target destination for long stay tourists?

Jor12 | 07 May 2020 - 19:23:46

R2... clearly the screening works as it should as he is here?

Rorri_2 | 07 May 2020 - 11:27:48

ematt, nice self description,  so,  what is the answer, how did screening still let you through.

LALALA | 07 May 2020 - 11:26:24

Shwe, I travel business mostky and when I am in SEA I prefer to stay in Mandarin Oriental and Shangri-La, Intercon or 4 seasons. Yes, sure Singapore is more expensive as the governmental tax scheme and labor cost are different than in LOS.... overall - in SEA - I prefer Malaysia over Singapore - better value - and both over LOS.

ematt | 07 May 2020 - 09:45:20

How do all of these maladjusted, misanthropic, impertinent gasbags end up living in Thailand? Clearly, Immigration needs to improve their screening.

GerryT81 | 06 May 2020 - 15:27:25

" you three nutcases were the reason why I joined the PN-forum..."  Or in other words : A troll trying to seek attention.

LALALA | 06 May 2020 - 12:25:25

Gerry T, the assistant of Dek, where is the notorious Pascale,  secretary of the pink glasses Thai apologize fraction ? You know what is very funny, you three nutcases were the reason why I joined the PN-forum.... and as I see it works out perfectly keeping you bit busy....LOL.

Shwe | 06 May 2020 - 09:39:31

LALALA, I assume you stat at places like the Amanpuri and Banyan tree everu week? I have stayed in 5 star hotels in the places you listed, mostly over priced and over rated Singapore in particular

ThorFinger | 05 May 2020 - 21:35:54

Good news. 
Now what is it that most tourists come to Thailand for?
Oh yes, the beaches, the nightlife and drinking. 
O...k...a..y... then. We're all set. 

GerryT81 | 05 May 2020 - 15:57:11

Wow,if 5-Star Hotels in Monaco,UAE,Singapore etc. are made up of a clientele like the choleric  LaLaLa, I wouldn't want to go there.

DeKaaskopp | 05 May 2020 - 13:45:13

Ouch lala,that did hurt me. All the anger because I said the truth ? Don't worry,soon the airports will open and you don't have to suffer any longer.Thailand will miss you,not !

LALALA | 05 May 2020 - 13:38:17

......You pay a fee for false smiles not for quality…same thing as healthcare in Thailand… another very well organized scam.

LALALA | 05 May 2020 - 13:37:25

	Shwe, compare a 5star hotel in Thailand with a 5star hotel in Singapore, the UAE, can take even Malaysia, there are some nice places on the Seychelles, do you have been in Monaco? You can even take the same brand. You will see that the level of service in Thailand, quality of food, maintenance of the facilities etc. etc.is below average compared to a lot other countries. 

LALALA | 05 May 2020 - 12:49:35

DEK, as my previous reply to your comments might not be approved by PN let me say it in a more polite way. I suggest that you go back to the hole where you came from, have some beer and take your medicine.

Shwe | 05 May 2020 - 11:31:24

LALA, No 5 star resorts at all in Thailand?

DeKaaskopp | 05 May 2020 - 10:03:24

@LaLala  If Thailand can't attract high end tourists then it seems to attract low end tourists.  Probably the reason why you came here.

LALALA | 05 May 2020 - 09:29:31

And regarding the workers, Thailand can not survive without immigrant workforce, especially Myanmar people. The reason for this is very simple. Myanmar labor is 1st of all more skilled than Thai labor and is still desperate to do the kind of jobs Thai people don't want to do. Another point is work ethics. Only remember the exodus of 40-60k of Myanmar labor some years ago and what happened afte...

Kurt | 05 May 2020 - 09:26:49

Tourist-Phuket should focus this moment on upgrading infrastructures if it likes to dream about high end quality tourists, such as incinerator capacity, solving present water crisis, preventing the same next year,  environment ( illegal debris/rubbish dumps), sufficient modern public transportation instead of these wooden bench lorries. And not stop bus service at sunset. 

LALALA | 05 May 2020 - 09:24:15

Shwe, for high end tourism you need to provide high end facilities. These are not available in Thailand, its nothing else than another try to continue the big big scam. 

Kurt | 05 May 2020 - 09:10:15

If Thailand is wise, and seen the continues Covid19 update in BKKPost ( very low figures), it should keep tourists from countries, overwhelmed by the virus, out of Thailand. It can initiate a virus spike wave as long there is no vaccine. What is actually a specific high-end quality tourist they talk already years about it? Accent of TAT is always on numbers, that is quantity!

Shwe | 05 May 2020 - 06:25:37

So High End tourists only. What happens to all the workers who serviced low end tourists? Maybe that is why they are letting them leave, there will be no jobs for them in future

LALALA | 04 May 2020 - 17:52:37

Sure the Chinese will, they are quite obedient used follow every BS they are told to do


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