22.4-billion-baht aid to promote domestic tourism in Thailand

Published on : Wednesday, July 8, 2020

The 22.4-billion-baht in aid promotions the government is all geared up to revive the sector of domestic tourism that will generate between 30-50 billion baht for the country’s economy in the second half of 2020, as per Mr. Thanawat Phonwichai, the president of the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce.

The Centre for Economic and Business Forecasting of the University of Thai
Chamber of Commerce has forecasted over 20 million Thais, or about one-third of the population, will indulge in leisure travel in the remaining months of 2020, said Mr. Thanawat, who is also the chief adviser of the centre.

As per Mr. Thanawat, the packages designed will definitely attract people to
travel and spend more at the same time.

Mr. Thanawat, however have explained that if the government is truly keen on rebounding the battered industry, it should introduce travel between regions which have controlled the outbreak under a travel bubble arrangement.

He has also highlighted that almost two-thirds of revenue in the tourism sector of Thailand comes from international tourists.

Mr. Chairat Trirattanajarasporn, president of the Tourism Council of Thailand (TCT), have mentioned that several people have showed their interest in the omestic tourism packages of the government, adding he expects the hotspots in the North to attract people in huge numbers during this year’s high season.

However, TCT’s vice-president, Kriengkrai Thiennukul, said the government
should take more measures to attract high-spending Thai travellers.

“Prior to the Covid-19 crisis, an average of 10 million Thais travel abroad annually, with each spending about 50,000 baht per trip — equivalent to 500 billion baht per year,” he said.

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