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Cabinet approves economy boosting tourism packages

The Cabinet has approved in principle three tourism campaigns, aimed to kick start the recovery of the tourism sector from July to October.

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BANGKOK (NNT) – The Cabinet today approved in principle three 4-month tourism campaigns worth 22.4 billion baht, aimed at kickstarting the tourism sector running from July to October.

The government will be offering tourism packages and subsidies in three separate campaigns, starting with tourism packages for Village Health Volunteers and staff at subdistrict health promotion hospitals, who have worked tirelessly during the COVID-19 outbreak.

To finance this offer, the government will provide a 2.4 billion baht tourism budget for 1.2 million health volunteers and health promotion hospital staff, to enable them to take a 2-day, 1-night trip or longer with a tour company. The budget will provide an allowance of up to 2,000 baht for their tour package costs.

3,000 baht allowance for a hotel stay

As for the general public, the government will provide 40 percent or up to a 3,000 baht allowance for a hotel stay of up to five nights.

Eligible persons will receive up to 600 baht per night allowance on the government wallet application which can be used to pay for food or services during their trip.

The government will allot a 10.8 million baht budget for this campaign. To receive the allowance, the hotel stay must be in a province different from the traveler’s registered province of residence.

Transportation subsidy to 2 million people

The government will also provide a transportation subsidy to 2 million people at 40 percent or no more than 1,000 baht per person, costing some 2 billion baht. The subsidy is applicable only to low-cost airline tickets, car rentals, and non-scheduled bus services.

Furthermore, people taking the benefits of the hotel stay allowance campaign, will also receive an offer of a round-trip air ticket of 2,5000 baht per person.

The government has tasked Krungthai Bank to develop a central platform to collect information from hotels, tour companies, transport providers, restaurants, and tourism attractions, while the Tourism Authority of Thailand and the Ministry of Tourism and Sports will be announcing more details regarding these offers.

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Adjustments in Thailand’s tourism industry

Thailand, especially the tourism and hospitality industry, have made various adjustments to prepare to welcome travellers again when the country is fully open.

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Due to the COVID-19, businesses in Thailand, especially the tourism and hospitality industry, have made various adjustments to make it through this situation to prepare to welcome travellers again when the country is fully open.  

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Thai government may subsidise an unlimited domestic air pass

The government looks to offer a subsidy for an unlimited travel pass to people who buy domestic air tickets in advance to help struggling airlines in Thailand.

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BANGKOK (NNT) – The government looks to offer a subsidy for an unlimited travel pass to people who buy domestic air tickets in advance to help struggling airlines in Thailand.

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COVID-19 situation in Thailand as of 21 February 2021

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• 150 new cases of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 were announced by the Ministry of Public Health of Thailand bringing the total number of cases to date to 25,111.
No new deaths were reported today.

• Of the cases reported in Thailand, 95.4% (23,946) have recovered, 0.3% (82) have died, and 4.3% (1,083) are receiving treatment or are in isolation (870 are in conventional hospitals and 213 in field hospitals).

• The laboratory-confirmed cases reported today include

8 individuals who arrived recently in Thailand and were diagnosed in quarantine facilities.

38 cases detected through the routine surveillance system linked to occupational risk, visiting crowded places or contact with confirmed cases in Samut Sakhon (19 Thais, 7 Burmese), Bangkok (5 Thais), Pathum Thani (3 Burmese), Maha Sarakham (1 Thai), Ayutthaya (1 Burmese), Tak (1 Thai), and Nakhon Pathom (1 Thai).

104 cases identified through active case finding in Pathum Thani (17 Thais, 24 Burmese, 1 Laotian) and Samut Sakhon (2 Thais, 60 Burmese).

• Of 142 cases acquired in Thailand, 62% were detected in Samut Sakhon, 4% in Bangkok and 35% in other provinces.

• During the new wave (between 15 December 2020 and 18 February 2021), 20,874 confirmed cases have been reported, of which 5,727 were detected through the routine surveillance system, 14,256 through active case finding and 891 are in individuals who entered Thailand, detected through screening in quarantine. At present, 19,769 have recovered, 1,083 are receiving treatment, and 22 have died.

• Confirmed cases in the new wave in Thailand have been reported in 63 provinces.

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