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Massive fraud in tourism scheme

THAILAND: The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has lodged a complaint with the Crime Suppression Division against almost 1,000 business operators for alleged fraud relating to the government’s co-payment tourism scheme.

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By Bangkok Post

Saturday 20 February 2021, 09:49AM


A police officer shows a chart detailing frauds involving the Rao Tiew Duay Kan (We Travel Together) co-payment scheme. Photo: Arnun Chonmahatrakool.

A police officer shows a chart detailing frauds involving the Rao Tiew Duay Kan (We Travel Together) co-payment scheme. Photo: Arnun Chonmahatrakool.

CSD deputy chief Pol Col Anek Taosuphap said yesterday (Feb 19) the complaint involved fraudulent practices in the campaign known as the “Rao Tiew Duay Kan” (We Travel Together).

The complaint was against 934 business operators - 448 hotels and 486 vendors - across the country, mostly in the southern provinces.

Pol Col Anek said the fraud amounted to B1.7 billion and that the tricks used by the business operators were similar to those already charged in Chaiyaphum. These included people being paid to sign up for the scheme so cheats could profit.

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The CSD has been working with Krungthai Bank to come up with measures to prevent people and businesses from exploiting the scheme.

About 3.5 million people registered with the scheme when it was launched in July last year. It allows participants to pay only 60% of normal hotel room rates, with the government responsible for the rest.

Tourists also receive an e-voucher for other spending valued at B600 from Friday to Sunday and B900 from Monday to Thursday. The government also helps pay 40% of the price of air tickets, up to B3,000 per person.

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Kurt | 21 February 2021 - 10:41:08

....of which to many people have to eat/catch money off. Sometimes it 'feels' that Thai complaining about Thai scams are jealous/'sour', probably they were left out/not invited to join at the money trough?

Kurt | 21 February 2021 - 09:54:34

This 'co-payment tourism scheme' cost you as tourist a lot of money. Realize how many people have to get paid in this bureaucratic scheme. You, tourist, pay that. The best is to check out a hotel yourself, ask the front office manager what he can offer you. If not come to agreement look next door. This will anyway be cheaper than a 'scheme'. of which to many people have to eat/catc...

Foot | 20 February 2021 - 16:41:55

This was a doomed venture from the start.  Wasn't it claimed to be successful?  How many actually used it as intended?

Kurt | 20 February 2021 - 13:00:16

All this Thai nonsense schemes, e-vouchers, and discounts are just set up for purpose of Thai scams. Nothing more, nothing less. By the time it stops/get blocked, a few Thai persons made a fine illegal profit. Costs just a few brown envelopes left and right. Scam closed. Up to next Thai scam, a while from now.

Fascinated | 20 February 2021 - 10:22:05

Anyone convicted of this should have their assest seized and any official affiliations suspended for life. its the only way the message will get across. I take  the scheme is only for internal Thai tourists, not the rest of us riff raff that live here?

 

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