Thai Finance Ministry to launch a major domestic tourism support drive next month

Published on : Thursday, June 4, 2020

The Thai Finance Ministry has agreed to launch a major domestic tourism support drive next month by giving 2,000-3,000 baht vouchers to 4 million people and free trips to 1.2 million medical personnel.

The campaign is geared towards boosting the economy and reviving the tourism sector, said Thai Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn.

The Finance Ministry agreed to the scheme laid down by the Tourism and Sports Ministry. Under this backing, one million tourism vouchers will be allocated to each of the country’s four regions on a first-come first-served basis.

Krungthai Bank will develop an app for supporting the registration and the allocation of the vouchers, which will be provided between July and October.

The Thai government has reopened many more businesses and activities under its third phase of nationwide lockdown; however, the tourism sector is lagging behind with tourists still hesitant about travelling.

Mr. Phiphat said that the two ministries will finalize the overall budget and details of the scheme and the finance minister will submit it for cabinet approval later this month.

Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Governor Yuthasak Supasorn said that the scheme is known as Tiew Pun Suk (trips to share happiness). It will focus on Thais planning to take inter-provincial trips between July and October.

They would have to register using the app for buying hotel vouchers first. Upon checking in with the vouchers, the government would give a cash rebate to spenders via an electronic wallet and tourists could then use that money for spending on rooms, restaurants, spas or souvenirs.

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