A tourism stimulus package, dubbed “We travel together,” has garnered 1.9 million sign-ups on the first day of registrations. The tourism program has been initialized by the Thai government to mitigate the losses by Thailand’s tourism industry.
The director-general at the Fiscal Policy Office, Lavaron Sangsnit, stated that the tourism perk’s registration hours run from 6 am to 9 pm every day.
However, the program will only run until the quota for hotel rooms, and vouchers are fulfilled. The quota stands at just 5 million hotel rooms.
To avail of the tourism package, candidates must meet the following requirements:
- Thai national with a valid ID card
- 18-years old or above on the registration date
- Travel, eat and tour beyond the registrant’s home province
- Have a smartphone that could be registered to receive perk benefits
Partakers should install the Pao Tang phone app into their smartphones. The application will then validate the registrant’s identity and serve as a confirmatory device for participants.
The Pao Tang app will also receive the tourism subsidies by 5 pm every day, once the participants report to the registered hotel accommodation of their choosing.
Interested qualified individuals may sign-up via https://www.เราเที่ยวด้วยกัน.com/.
However, the tourism website had minor issues for some individuals, with them encountering delays in password reception.
The tourism perk website has a catalog of numerous hotels and restaurants nationwide.
However, as of this writing, no tourist attractions have yet registered for the government tourism perk. When searched, none of the attractions show up.
Hotel room accommodation subsidies will cover the 40 percent of the room rates, capped at 3,000 baht for five days.
Food subsidies and other services are also capped at 600 baht per room per night.
Subsidies for tourist facilities are capped at 40 percent of total expenses, with the registrant shouldering the 60percent of costs.
Subsidies for airline seats will also be provided by the government, covering 40 percent of transport costs. The cap stands at 1,000 baht per seat for flights, and the quota is restricted to 2 million places.
However, tourists must first pay up-front for the tickets, with the government subsidizing the costs later on – refunds will be issued on the 15th and 30th of the month.
According to Sangsnit, the program is not expected to be affected by the news that an Egyptian soldier who tested positive for the coronavirus was discovered to have visited a shopping mall in Rayong province.
The incident has caused concerns to locals, as Thailand is yet to record a new local transmission case of the coronavirus for more than 50 days.
The government-initiated tourism perk is designed to subdue the tourism sector’s losses as lockdown measures, and the coronavirus profoundly affected the earnings by local businesses relying on tourists.
Source: Bangkok Post