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‘We Travel Together’ domestic tourism campaign hoped to give Phuket B100mn boost

‘We Travel Together’ domestic tourism campaign hoped to give Phuket B100mn boost

PHUKET: Phuket Governor Narong Woonchiew is hoping that the national domestic tourism campaign ‘We Travel Together’, which opened for people to register today (July 15), will bring a B100 million boost to help alleviate the economic suffering on the island.

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By The Phuket News

Wednesday 15 July 2020, 06:02PM


Phuket Governor Narong Woonchiew at the meeting at Provincial hall earlier today (July 15). photo: PR Phuket

Phuket Governor Narong Woonchiew at the meeting at Provincial hall earlier today (July 15). photo: PR Phuket

The campaign ‘Rao Tiew Duay Gun’ (“We Travel Together”) has been launched under the ‘Tiew Pan Suk’ (“Travelling Shares Happiness”) government initiative.

“We expect 50,000 people will come to Phuket and generate at least B100 million for the island,” Governor Narong told a meeting at Phuket Provincial Hall this morning attended by officials and local business owners.

“Our target market is staffers at Tambon Health Promotion Hospitals and village health volunteers who are also given B2,000 for a two-day holiday under the ‘Kamlang Jai’ campaign,” he said.

The ‘Kamlang Jai’ campaign allows medical workers and health centre volunteers to register for holidays subsidised by the government as a thank you for their efforts against COVID-19.

“At this stage, 28 tourism business owners have already joined the [We Travel Together] campaign, offering 45 interesting travel packages in Phuket,” Gov Narong noted this morning, as he urged people to use the national campaign to visit Phuket.

“Phuket is safe and has a variety of tourist attractions which are looking forward to everyone coming to enjoy. Come and experience the beautiful nature and local culture of Phuket,” he said.

People wanting to take advantage of the We Travel Together government-subsidised holidays must be Thai nationals and at least 18 years old. 

They must also have the Krungthai Bank mobile banking app ‘Paotang’ (on Google Play and App Store) installed on their mobile phone, as every process of campaign – hotel bookings, the issuing of vouchers and the making of payments – is conducted through the app.

 

While people can book their holidays from today, the hotel room bookings must be for anytime from this Saturday (July 18) onwards.

The government will pay for 40% of the hotel rooms, but not more than B3,000 per night, limited to five rooms and five nights. Changes to bookings cannot be made after the initial reservation has been confirmed.

The campaign will also see people who book their holidays through the portal a B600 voucher per room booked.

At 5pm of the check-in day, tourists will receive the voucher, which will be valid until 11:59pm of the check-out day. The voucher can be used only at restaurants and tourist attractions that have registered with the campaign.

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Kurt | 18 July 2020 - 18:31:20

Mr HubertK, most foreigners living in Thailand love Thailand and her people. However, many matters to discuss or opinion/comment. In my home country foreigners ( living/working) are happy with the life they can enjoy there. Good social democratic structures, clean environment. No discrimination with different menu cards/museum-, Nat park prices, etc. and much more to mention.

HubertK | 17 July 2020 - 23:07:19

@LALALA  That's true ! Same  as people in many other countries ! If Thai's could and would read all the BS what's written about them on here they would rightfully start to hate foreigners.Same as I would do  if foreigners who stay in my home country would constantly complain about everything.You may feel personally addressed about this.That's ok.

LALALA | 17 July 2020 - 16:48:14

ematt... most of the Thai population can not read, write, speak or understand English language.

Hermann1 | 17 July 2020 - 15:35:12

@ematt. Not so fast,Sir. Speaking and knowing the truth about Phuket has nothing to do with bloated,obnoxious or disgrunteld.Remember the restaurant in Kamala that overcharged thai tourists.All over the news.Yes,even Thai people know about expensive Phuket now.And I doubt they bother to handle all the "must doings" to get vouchers.Pfff.

Kurt | 17 July 2020 - 15:16:43

@ematt, we may expect that during this all over Thailand unemployment crisis, many Thai have to support many Thai, people choose holiday destination with their wallet, and sure not visit the most expensive area ( Phuket) of Thailand. This moment there is nothing to do here for Thai tourists. They not give a thought about foreigners who live here.

ematt | 17 July 2020 - 12:06:26

Well no domestic Thai tourists will want to visit Phuket if they read the PN comments section, and find out what a bloated, obnoxious bunch of chronically disgruntled foreigners live here.  Jeesh.  

Pascale | 17 July 2020 - 11:49:03

After the spell/grammar police,we now have a "forum rules" police too.Good to see that everything is controlled !

Rorri_2 | 17 July 2020 - 10:37:21

Editor... this "r u sure | 16 July 2020 - 15:42:41

Spell/grammar check police for @Kurt. What is "to" expensive?" has nothing to do with the article, it is simply an attack on a commenter... I clearly remember this is against forum rules.

[Understood - thanks for the reminder -- Ed]

Hermann1 | 16 July 2020 - 18:07:18

Khun r u sure. Why you have to correct Kurt ? A little spell error only. Why you not comment on the article.Tell us what you think about expensive Phuket.

r u sure | 16 July 2020 - 15:42:41

Spell/grammar check police for @Kurt. What is "to" expensive?

JSombra | 16 July 2020 - 13:12:22

They can expect but not going get. Thais have little interest in Phuket, even less with so much closed. Plus that total is lot less than what Phuket normally generates per day, and this is offer is spread over months,  so not much help

Kurt | 16 July 2020 - 10:24:29

All Thai people know that Phuket is to expensive to enjoy a local holiday there. The voucher campaign will make them looking for cheaper destination to have/get the most out of it  ( if they bother to handle all the 'must doings' to get vouchers)

ericphuket | 16 July 2020 - 09:02:30

Another dreamer,curious to see of all attractions will be open. Came just back from Chiang mai who is a ghost town with many tourism attractions still closed even you cannot visit a mountain like doi ithanon kept closed by the government. 
Forget domestic travel its just a big joke this will not safe the country.

ThorFinger | 15 July 2020 - 20:58:44

I'm so tired of pointing out the obvious...Phuket is really expensive to wealthy international tourists (except for nightclubs and bars) so how and why would Thai nationals holiday here when there are many other beautiful places to visit. I know the authorities are trying to do their best but looking like you're doing something is not going to work this time!

 

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