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TAT vows to eliminate dual pricing, mulls expat ID card

TAT vows to eliminate dual pricing, mulls expat ID card

BANGKOK: Expatriates may not be able to join tourism stimulus packages, but the government pledges to end dual pricing as soon as possible, reports the Bangkok Post.

By Bangkok Post

Friday 4 September 2020, 09:54AM

Tourists wearing face masks are seen at Hua Lamphong station on March 5, 2020. Photo: Chanat Katanyu / Bangkok Post

Tourists wearing face masks are seen at Hua Lamphong station on March 5, 2020. Photo: Chanat Katanyu / Bangkok Post

Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Governor Yuthasak Supasorn said the We Travel Together stimulus campaign is carried out with budget from the Loan Act, which has a clear mandate and objectives that make it hard to include foreigners, said a Bangkok Post report posted today (Sept 4).

But the TAT will discuss stopping dual pricing for expatriates with the National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department, as well as famous tourism sites.

Mr Yuthasak said the move will let expats save money, allowing them to spend more as a key target to boost domestic tourism.

The agency wants to introduce an identity card to verify expats’ status, helping to distinguish them from tourists so they will be charged the same price as locals.

The expat travel card would be issued by the TAT. The agency hopes to sign a memorandum of understanding with each department that owns tourist attractions to fix a standard local price for those card holders permanently, not just during the pandemic.

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The TAT also wants to improve its customer database about independent tourists here, Mr Yuthasak said.

“The key factor is we have to treat expats like locals, without discrimination or a negative attitude towards foreigners,” he said.

According to the TAT, 60% of 2 million expatriates living in Thailand come from Asia, of which 150,000 are Chinese, followed by Japanese (70,000) and South Koreans (20,000).

At present, the agency partners with Alipay and Fliggy – a travel platform from China – to promote domestic tourism campaigns for Chinese expats.

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CaptainJack69 | 05 September 2020 - 12:53:45

A 1000% price increase based on the colour of a persons skin is so unacceptable in this day and age that it should sicken everyone seeing it and shame those imposing it. Instead, in the land of smiles it's considered normal and the locals have no idea what the problem is. TIT #FLM

Kurt | 05 September 2020 - 08:56:33

Discussing stopping dual pricing for expatriates only??  This feudal, backward, discriminating thing should be terminated 100%, instead of giving Thai office paper tigers room for setting up another ridiculous discriminating Thai card system.

nongku74 | 04 September 2020 - 18:20:51

Expats living in Thailand can obtain a pink coloured Thai ID card from their local Ampur office. 

Foot | 04 September 2020 - 18:01:54

Is the idea to have an I.D. card so you aren't subject to 2 tier pricing?
Why not just make illegal to have 2 tier pricing?

maverick | 04 September 2020 - 12:37:43

Why not just allow us to use Driving License - for those who don’t have they get this new ID card from TAT

Galong | 04 September 2020 - 10:35:38

Great!  We appreciate it.  It should have happened long ago. Oh well, better late than never. We (expats) gladly spend a lot of money in the Kingdom. We should be treated as equals & one other way to do that is promote the equality idea on Thai TV. Expats are not the enemy of Thailand. We (I assume most of us) love Thailand & want what's best for the country. We're all in this toge...


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