October 4, 2022

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Tour package subsidies must continue, urges travel industry


Locals and tourists look at a sunset from Phuket Island’s Phromthep Cape on April 9, 2022. (Reuters photo)

The spending budget for the tour offer subsidy plan “Tour Teaw Thai” must be prolonged until Oct and there need to be a new initiative to improve vacation to secondary places, in accordance to the Association of Domestic Journey (ADT).

Chaiyapruk Thongkam, the freshly elected ADT president, reported it was imperative to have a tourism stimulus plan that can gain tour operators and he ideas to urge the governing administration to use the remaining spending budget for Tour Teaw Thai, which is scheduled to conclude this thirty day period.

As of Tuesday, 67,233 of 200,000 Tour Teaw Thai packages experienced been sold.

Mr Chaiyapruk stated the governing administration should extend the deadline to Oct and maximize the quota from a single bundle for every tourist to 2-3 offers just about every to let operators retain competitive rates and make improvements to desire in the course of the very low season.

New strategies ought to also be launched to guidance food stuff and activity expenses in second-tier places, like southern provinces these as Narathiwat, Yala, Pattani and Songkhla, to revive Betong tourism for the regional market place, he stated.

Mr Chaiyapruk stated the marketing campaign ought to spotlight provinces that tend to be stopover locations throughout street visits, these types of as Phichit, Kamphaeng Phet and Tak, as nicely as northeastern provinces that have likely for the Mice (conferences, incentives, conventions and exhibitions) phase.

The ADT desires to arrange meetings with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau to layout a tourism system, ahead of bringing proposals to the Tourism and Sporting activities Ministry, he reported.

Mr Chaiyapruk mentioned if the pandemic eased, the TAT’s domestic tourism intention of 160 million trips stays feasible as there is a promising outlook for the peak season.

Tour operators have received inquiries for incentives and corporate outings at the close of the calendar year as shoppers prefer to consider domestic trips with complete-assistance packages, relatively than travelling overseas and dealing with inconsistent journey regulations, he claimed.

“Domestic tourism proceeds to be at the forefront as outbound travel is anticipated to grow at a slower tempo owing to increased journey costs and the economic slump. In the meantime, desired destinations for Thais such as Japan have not still reopened,” Mr Chaiyapruk stated.

Thanapol Cheewarattanaporn, former ADT president, stated domestic tourism is the country’s “bread and butter” and still requires federal government support. He said many community-based tourism and not often visited destinations in the region could be promoted to the overseas market place and domestic tourists.