Expanding Travel Subsidy Programs to Revitalize Tourism

People gather in the hope of watching migrating birds against the setting sun, at the Bang Pu recreation center in Samut Prakan on Thursday. (AFP photo)

The government agreed on Friday to extend two travel packages until the end of September, to further encourage people to go on vacation and help the struggling tourism sector.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the Economic Situation Administration Center chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.

Government spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana said after the meeting that the government had decided to add an extra million rights to We Travel Together, a hotel subsidy scheme, and extend it from the end of this month to the end of September.

The current phase of the program offered two million room rights, until May 31. All rights have been taken over, according to its website.

As part of the package, the government covers 40% of the room rate, up to a maximum of 3,000 baht per night, and 40%, or up to 2,000 baht, of the airfare.

Mr Thanakorn said the Tour Teaw Thai package will also be extended, from late April to late September.

This program aims to help tour operators by offering a 40% subsidy discount on tour packages.

The Domestic Travel Association, the Thai Chamber of Commerce and the Tourism Authority of Thailand have orchestrated calls for the government to continue subsidy programs aimed at promoting domestic travel.

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