Domestic Tourism Stimulus Scheme gets approval of 9 billion baht budget for Phase 4
The government’s domestic tourism stimulus plan will enter Phase 4 from February, with the cabinet approving a budget of 9 billion baht. “We travel together” (Rao Tiew Duay Kan) runs until July, according to a government spokesman. According to a Thai report by PBS World, attendees can benefit from a 40% discount on hotel rates up to a maximum of 3,000 baht per night for a total of 10 nights. There are 2 million room nights available under the program.
In the final phase of the program, the number of discounted fare entitlements was reduced to 600,000 as the government says not all entitlements were used last time. Officials say the purpose of the scheme is to encourage Thais to holiday at home and spend their money to help tour operators and hotels struggling financially as a result of the pandemic.
After controversy over abuse of the program by both tourism providers and customers, the Tourism Authority of Thailand is cracking down and is being ordered by the Cabinet to step up fraud prevention measures.
Meanwhile, the government’s travel package stimulus program has reduced the number of claims from 1 million to 200,000 because of lukewarm reaction. In response to a TAT proposal that Tour Tiew Thai Funding for the program has been cut from 5 billion baht to 1 billion.
SOURCE: Thai PBS world