Thailand considers new tourism incentives to revive Covid-hit economy

The "Travel around Thailand" campaign will assist 40 percent of tour packages of upto 5,000 baht for 1 million visitors

The Thai government is considering on new tourism incentives to revive its battered economy by the coronavirus pandemic, and bets on a higher vaccination rates that will allow quarantine free travels.


As per to the reports of news agency Xinhua, after over an year of covid border control in Thailand and an initiative to bring back tourist to the resort island Phuket from July.


The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) on Friday had announced that its popular destinations including its capital city Bangkok will be open to fully vaccinated visitors starting from October 1, and another 21 destinations may reopen from mid of October.


The plans reopening came mirroring the Phuket Sandbox pilot, that permitted fully vaccinated tourists to enter the island without keeping them in quarantine.


The authority says that the Phuket program had attracted more than 26,000 visitors in last two months and generated 1.63 billion baht or USD 50 million revenue.


Local visitors may also get a big push as the government considered policies may encourage domestic travelling which will starting from mid of October if the new cases of Covid-19 remains at a controllable level.


As per to the Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakan, who stated that two local tourism campaigns are up in the line that are the "We Travel Together" Phase 3 and "Travel around Thailand", that is subjected for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA)'s nod at the end of September.


Phiphat stated that the two campaigns, which had been postponed because of the third wave of the coronavirus since early April, will be essential for the survival of Thai tourism industry.


The tourism minister stated that under the "We Travel Together" project, the visitors will be given a 40 percent discount on accommodation, a 600-baht voucher for food and beverage for every night booked and another 40 percent discount on flights tickets.


The "Travel around Thailand" campaign will assist 40 percent of tour packages of upto 5,000 baht for 1 million visitors.


TAT governor Yuthasak Supasorn anticipated that the campaigns will help to unleash restrained demand.


TAT anticipates that there will be nearly 90 million domestic trips this year, that is in line with the number that was recorded in 2020.


The revival of tourism industry has been key agenda to the government as the tourism sector accounted for about one fifth of the country's revenue in years before the Covid-19 pandemic.


The Thai government has also been boosting the vaccine roll-out and vows to inoculating around 70 percent of the population by the year end.

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