By THE NATION
The first phase runs until December 31 and offers eligible people a 40 per cent discount on rooms and restaurants at participating establishments. They also receive an e-voucher when checking into a hotel, as well as a 40 per cent flight fare refund when they check out.
“At a Centre for Economic Situation Administration meeting on Wednesday, we will propose the scheme to offer similar benefits from the Rao Tiew Duay Kan campaign to senior citizens aged over 55 who travel on weekdays,” said TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn.
“This will help promote tourism during the weekdays and reduce crowding at tourist attractions during the weekends.”
Yuthasak said the senior-citizen campaign will use Bt5 billion from a total budget of Bt20 billion that TAT received to run the entire campaign.
“The maximum discount a person can get is Bt5,000. Registration will open for 1 million senior citizens. Eligible candidates must buy a package tour from a domestic tour operator to receive a 40 per cent discount. This is to ensure revenue distribution among local travel entrepreneurs,” he said.
The other criteria include: the package must feature cross-provincial travel and more than a 3-day/2-night stay from a tour operator who has a licence approved before January 1, 2020.