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TAT launches Go Local project to promote local communities nationwide

The project will target 10 million tourists to travel to secondary cities and communities, generating an estimated 10 billion Baht in tourism revenue in 2018.

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The Royal Thai Government has approved a series of tax deduction measures to promote seminars, leisure travel and MICE events in 55 second-tier tourist provinces nationwide all through 2018.

The measures will support the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT)’s latest “Go Local” campaign, a landmark project to promote the kingdom’s emerging generation of secondary destinations, better balance the distribution of tourist arrivals between urban and rural areas, even out the seasonality factor between the months of travel, and encourage more travel during weekdays to reduce pressure on the weekends.

TAT will partner with several corporations and organisations in both the public and private sectors to implement and promote the project all through the year.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, said: “When local communities grow, the country grows. With travel and tourism now widely recognised as a major contributor to grassroots economies, job creation and income distribution, we are now taking specific measures to ensure that the benefits are better distributed across the breadth and depth of the entire kingdom.”

The target is to improve the ratio of both domestic and foreign visitors between main cities vs secondary cities from 64:36 to 60:40. The project will target 10 million tourists to travel to secondary cities and communities, generating an estimated 10 billion Baht in tourism revenue in 2018.

The tax deductions will be applicable for domestic travel to the following provinces: Nakhon Si Thammarat, Udon Thani, Chiang Rai, Lop Buri, Phitsanulok, Suphan Buri, Ubon Ratchathani, Nakhon Nayok, Nong Khai, Sa Kaeo, Loei, Tak, Trat, Phetchabun, Chanthaburi, Mukdahan, Nakhon Sawan, Ratchaburi, Samut Songkhram, Buri Ram, Chaiyaphum, Phatthalung, Trang, Si Sa Ket, Prachin Buri, Satun, Chumphon, Sukhothai, Surin, Sakon Nakhon, Lamphun, Nakhon Phanom, Uttaradit, Ranong, Lampang, Roi Et, Mae Hong Son, Phichit, Phrae, Chai Nat, Nan, Ang Thong, Maha Sarakham, Kamphaeng Phet, Uthai Thani, Narathiwat, Yala, Phayao, Bueng Kan, Kalasin, Yasothon, Sing Buri, Nong Bua Lam Phu, Amnat Charoen, and Pattani.

TAT Go Local Meeting
TAT today held a meeting on the ‘Go Local’ campaign

Details of the Go Local campaign are as follows:

Enjoy Local

A TAT Plus online card will be launched specifically for use in local communities and secondary cities in partnership with F&B outlets, souvenir shops, shopping at Pracharath Sookjai shop, petrol stations, car rental companies, etc. Cardholders will get special discounts and mileage accrual for redemption with various domestic airlines.

SET in the Local

Encourage companies listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) to hold their MICE events; such as, conferences and seminars as well as corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities in local communities and secondary cities in the 55 provinces, especially during weekdays.

Partners include the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), the Local Administration Department and various Chambers of Commerce. A corporate tax exemption on income equal to 100% of expenses will be offered for seminars and accommodation rooms, transport and other expenses incurred for conducting staff training seminars in the 55 provinces. This is equal to a 200% corporate tax deduction for such staff training seminar costs.

Local Link

Cooperate with domestic tour operators and travel agents to offer incentives; such as, discounted meals when buying local tour packages covering secondary destinations. An exemption from personal income tax for the amount paid out to tour operators, hotel operators or homestay operators for domestic tours to the 55 provinces, but not in excess of 15,000 Baht in total.

Eat Local

Promote consumption of local food and purchase of local raw materials in cooperation with the Thai Restaurants Association, celebrity chefs, credit card companies, local banks and provincial authorities. Attract food lovers by organising “Eat Local Week” activities under the aegis of different TAT domestic offices all over the country. Offer opportunities to earn points and get privileges; such as, dining at Michelin star restaurants.

Our Local

Partner with the theme and recreational parks, museums and local provincial administrations to organise local community events based on their unique culture and identity. Specific activities will be organised to promote travel to different secondary cities every week, accompanied by rewards schemes for purchase of local arts and craft items and advertising support to promote the events.

Local HeRos

Organise “mobile clinics” to upgrade the quality of human resources at the community level, enhance their knowledge base to boost their competitive advantage and open up opportunities of the Digital Age. Support speakers, academics, artists and celebrities who can create and design locally-oriented products and services and help local communities access funding support.

Local Strong

Strengthen local communities through more integrated public-private sector cooperation, reinforce the supply chain and help improve the quality of products. Develop “Creative Tourism” to enhance the brand image and appeal of tourist attractions, and support new start-up entrepreneurs to promote secondary destinations.

A “Go Local” Directory will be launched to provide specific information on dining, travelling and accommodation for getting tax deductions.

Mr. Yuthasak said, “We want tourism and related activities to really benefit local people and give them a new source of income and pride. This project will allow many local communities off-the-beaten track to show off their unique Thainess while looking forward to a brighter future.”

 

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Advance booking for Thailand national park visits extended to 60 days

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Bangkok, 23 November, 2021 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to advise that tourists can now preregister for visiting national parks in Thailand up to 60 days in advance via the mobile application QueQ, from the previous 15-day advance limit.

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) instigated the change as of 22 November, 2021, to better facilitate visitors in their travel planning. For those who want to book accommodation in the parks, there is already advance preregistration required of up to 60 days.

The QueQ app can be downloaded from Play Store or App Store.

As well as helping visitors plan their travels, the advance booking system allows park officials to limit the number of visitors to each park.

There is a total of 155 national parks nationwide. At present, nearly all of Thailand’s national parks have reopened in the Central, Eastern, Northern, Northeastern and Southern regions, following temporary closure due to COVID-19 measures and the annual rainy season closure.

The latest to reopen was Doi Inthanon National Park in Chiang Mai on 10 November, 2021; home to the country’s highest peak the 2,565-metre Doi Inthanon, this park 90 minutes’ drive from Chiang Mai city is a popular place for viewing the so-called ‘sea of mist’ foggy morning weather of the current cooler months.

A list of the opening status of national parks can be seen at the National Park’s Office via this link, or its Facebook page: National Parks of Thailand. The TAT Newsroom (www.tatnews.org) is also providing a regular update on the latest opening and closing status of Thailand’s national parks.

When visiting national parks, tourists are advised to arrive at the park ahead of their preregistered schedule for screening and checking in with the government’s Thai Chana app. It is also important they observe social distancing rules and wear a face mask at all times while in national parks.

They are also advised to abide by the D-M-H-T-T-A precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19: D – Distancing, M – Mask wearing, H – Handwashing, T – Temperature check, T – Testing for COVID-19, and A – alert application.

Visitors to national parks are also asked to respect the natural environment and not litter, and to bear in mind that there is a ban on single-use plastic; such as, cups and eating utensils in national parks nationwide.

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Bangkok Airways resumes Phuket – U-Tapao and Samui – U-Tapao routes in December 2021

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Bangkok, 24 November, 2021 – Bangkok Airways has announced that it will resume two more of its domestic services which are Phuket – U-Tapao (starting from 2 December, 2021, onwards) and Samui – U-Tapao (starting from 15 December, 2021, onwards).

The resumed service between Phuket and U-Tapao will be operated by an ATR72-600 aircraft, starting with three flights per week (Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday). The outbound flight PG282 departs Phuket International Airport at 12.15 Hrs. and arrives at U-Tapao–Rayong–Pattaya International Airport at 13.55 Hrs. The inbound flight PG281 leaves U-Tapao–Rayong–Pattaya International Airport at 14.25 Hrs. and arrives at Phuket International Airport at 16.05 Hrs.

The resumed service between Samui and U-Tapao will also be operated by an ATR72-600 aircraft, starting with three flights per week (Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday). The outbound flight PG293 departs Samui Airport at 14.25 Hrs. and arrives at U-Tapao–Rayong–Pattaya International Airport at 15.40 Hrs. The inbound flight PG294 leaves U-Tapao–Rayong–Pattaya International Airport at 16.10 Hrs. and arrives at Samui at 17.20 Hrs.

The resumed services between Phuket – U-Tapao and Samui – U-Tapao in December will make it a total of 12 destinations the airline operates which are:

1.           Bangkok – Samui (v.v.)

2.           Bangkok – Chiang Mai (v.v.)

3.           Bangkok – Phuket (v.v.)

4.           Bangkok – Lampang (v.v.)

5.           Bangkok – Sukhothai (v.v.)

6.           Samui – Phuket (v.v.)

7.           Samui – Singapore (v.v.)

8.           Bangkok – Trat (v.v.)

9.           Phuket – Hat Yai (v.v.)

10.        Bangkok – Phnom Penh (v.v.)

11.        Phuket – U-Tapao (v.v.) (Starting from 2 December, 2021, onwards)

12.        Samui – U-Tapao (v.v.) (Starting from 15 December, 2021, onwards)

Passengers can visit the website https://www.bangkokair.com/flight/flightSchedule for more details about flight schedules.

For more information and reservations, passengers can contact the airline via the following channels;

•            Call Centre: Tel. 1771 (within Thailand) or +66 2-270-6699 (during 08.00 – 20.00 Hrs.)

•            PG Live Chat: https://bit.ly/PGLiveChatEN

•            Email: [email protected]

Bangkok Airways also announced that it remained committed to the safety and hygiene of its passengers and employees as the highest priority by strictly implementing surveillance measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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