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Special domestic travel campaigns for Phuket, tourism provinces to be launched

Special domestic travel campaigns for Phuket, tourism provinces to be launched

PHUKET: The Centre for Economic Situation Administration (CESA) has announced that special domestic travel campaigns will be launched to help stimulate weekday traveling to Phuket and other tourism-dependent provinces to help local tourism business operators.

By The Phuket News

Thursday 3 December 2020, 03:50PM

Photo: TNA

Photo: TNA

CESA Secretary Danucha Pitchanan made the announcement at a press conference in Bangkok after the CESA meeting yesterday (Dec 2), reports the state-owned Thai news Agency (TNA).

Also present at the press conference were Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Governor Yuthasak Supasorn and Pornchai Theerawet of the Ministry of Finance’s  Fiscal Policy Office.

Mr Danucha explained that the CESA was concerned about Phuket and other tourism-dependent provinces.

“We will create campaigns to encourage people to travel from Sunday through Thursday,” Mr Danucha said.

“We will also create financial measures for business operators,” he assured.

“We will attract foreign tourists to Phuket and encourage organisers to hold events in Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi,” Mr Danucha added.

“And we will take steps to encourage foreigners who have Thai wives and have property in Thailand to come back to the country as soon as possible,” he said.

Property in Phuket

TAT Governor Mr Yuthasak explained that overall Thailand tourism had improved “by about 34%”. His agency estimates that in total 15.57 million Thais had travelled within the country in the two months October through November. 

“We expect that about 4 million Thai people will travel [domestically] in December,” he said.

“For the ‘We Travel Together’ campaign, we will increase the government subsidy to up to 40% for each participant, but not more than B3,000 per person, especially for trips to Phuket, Krabi, Phang Nga, Krabi, Surat Thani, Songkhla, Chiang Mai, and Chiang Rai,” he added.

“Officers and state enterprise employees will be allowed to have two free days off without the days being counted as a leave,” Mr Yuthasak explained.

“The TAT will also create an ‘elderly tourism campaign’ for those 55 years old or older to have three-day trips. The government will support 40% of the transport cost up to B5,000 per person. This privilege will be allowed only once per person,” he said. 

Mr Pornchai of the Fiscal Policy Office also announced that a second registration period for people to join the Khon La Kreung government 50-50 ‘co-payment stimulus scheme will open for a further 5 million people to join the campaign, with the limit increased to B3,500 per person.

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Sandbar | 06 December 2020 - 03:01:00

I know of at least 20 people said that they would not return to Phuket due to the continuous harrassment by the police on foreigners especially in places like Patong, Karon and Rawai where they where subject to being physically and verbally abused. They are over the police state mentality that has suddenly gripped the island for the sake of getting easy revenue off foreigners! 

drmokie | 05 December 2020 - 22:13:13

Local tourism will help a little, but not nearly enough to help any Thai community. If immigration policies are modified immediately, marked, and sustained, The Who country of Thailand risks “falling of of the map.” The people are angry and desperate.

DeKaaskopp | 05 December 2020 - 14:07:38

@ K.     Amen !

Kurt | 05 December 2020 - 12:41:36

D, new comments/opinions are refreshing. It creates a larger platform of contributing free global thinking. The last thing Thailand needs is to consolidate/block/burn down opinions. Times are changing. Country now miss foreigners to come to support Thailand. When foreigners come again, not only accept their wallet, but although a bit of their thinking. 

DeKaaskopp | 05 December 2020 - 10:46:57

@drmokie    Aren't there already enough bar stool experts/expats on here with opinions ?

Kurt | 05 December 2020 - 10:34:12

Despite subsidizing local tourism already, discounts, even free days without counting it as leave, on Phuket JungCeylon, coastal villages remain ghost places. Small Shops not open for a once in a while coming domestic subsidized tourists..

drmokie | 04 December 2020 - 22:52:27

All smoke and little fire. While a good idea, foreign tourism is the life blood of Phuket and other such places. Increased domestic travel will help นิดหน่อย but it’s like putting a bandaid on an elephant. Maybe think about getting “nonThai expert’s” opinion.


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