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.
Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) governor Yuthasak Supasorn said the redemption rate on airfare for the ongoing “We travel together” stimulus campaign has been slow in the past seven months when compared with the 6 million hotel room nights that were used.
There are 1.3 million airline seats left out of 2 million available seats, prompting the TAT to discuss new tactics for the campaign with airlines to accelerate travel demand and help airlines stay in business.
He said among several ideas that were proposed, an unlimited pass was an interesting option that could be implemented under the same budget.
The government will offer 2,000 baht subsidy for unlimited passes or buffet tickets purchased from local airlines.
This method is more flexible as this type of tickets allows users to make purchases in advance without a set schedule.
This approach would also increase frequency of travel as people will plan more trips to maximise utility.
Mr Yuthasak said the agency will also propose a new allotment for the hotel room subsidy, which will be the third extension as there is remaining budget of 5 million rooms and 1 million from the first and second phases, respectively.
Due to a stagnant market that saw five-star hotels discount room rates to extraordinarily low levels, the price each tourist spent on hotel room is no higher than 2,700 baht. The maximum subsidy was capped at 7,500 baht per room.
The third phase subsidy could be extended to September, which can help hotels attract more guests during low season in the third quarter.
This project also needs a major revamp on fraud prevention as the agency is considering an amendment in the consent form for hotels joining this programme.
COVID-19 situation in Thailand as of 2 March 2021
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.
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.
COVID-19 situation in Thailand as of 21 February 2021
• 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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