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Bargains galore as hotels, spas and the TAT aim to kick-start tourism

Jun 11. 2020
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By The Nation

The outlook for Thai tourism suddenly looks brighter, with the fourth phase of lockdown easing from June 15 accompanied by domestic-travel stimulus packages such as Kum Lung Jai (Encouragement) and Tiew Pun Suk (Trips to share happiness). The packages will be submitted to the government’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on Friday (June 12).

The tourism stimulus measures are scheduled for launch in July, and follow the Bt5,000 remedial handouts aimed at boosting the economy and helping overcome virus-related hardship.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and the private sector are also launching their own stimulus plans. Accor, which operates the Pullman and Mercure hotel chains, is offering discounts of up to 33 per cent, while Centara Group hotels in Bangkok, Rayong, Koh Chang, Phuket, Krabi, and elsewhere has rooms starting at Bt960 per night.

More bargains for travellers are being offered by online tourism expos.

Friday (June 12) brings the Online Travel Expo 2020, featuring more than 100 operators offering discounts of up to 80 per cent on accommodation and spa treatments. Among them are the Dhevan Dara Resort & Spa with Beach Villas from Bt3,000-Bt17,000, Dusit Hotels & Resorts with an extra night’s stay for free until 2022, and the Okura Prestige Bangkok with discounted Foot Scrub and Foot Massage packages from Bt688-Bt2,934.

The expo begins tomorrow at http://expo2020.worldrewardsolutions.com.

Meanwhile the TAT has teamed up the Line chat app for “TAT: Shop, Find, Eat, Travel around Thailand”. Held from July to August, this Line-based event will feature deals on hotels, accommodations, restaurants, spas, packages, tours, water parks and theme parks, as well as local products.

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