Subsidy campaigns resume for hotel reservations, domestic travel
BANGKOK: Government promotional campaigns for domestic travel officially resumed today, allowing eligible people to book hotel stays and tour packages at a subsidized rate. The government hopes these campaigns will help boost domestic travel later this year alongside the reopening of some provinces, starting in November.
Thai citizens can now book hotel stays at a subsidized rate with the We Travel Together campaign from today through January 31, the official NNT news agency reports.
Introduced in 2020, the We Travel Together campaign provides subsidies for bookings at participating hotels and accommodations, encouraging people to travel more in Thailand while paying less.
For the current phase 3 of the campaign, the government will provide a 40% subsidy for accommodation rates per night, with a maximum subsidized amount capped at 3,000 baht per room per night.
Each person is entitled to a maximum of 15 rooms or 15 nights, with the qualifying period of stay starting from October 15 to January 31. All qualifying bookings must be made by October 23.
People taking advantage of these benefits will also receive daily coupons at B600 for each night of stay, which can be used for food purchases and admission fees to tourist attractions.
People booking their stay in one of the designated tourist provinces will also be eligible for a 40% refund on airline tickets, with the amount of the refund capped at 3,000 B. Each individual reservation includes the benefits of the airline ticket. plane for 2 passengers per room, with a maximum of 30 passengers.
People who participated in previous phases of this campaign can check their remaining benefits and booking slots on the government’s Pao Tang app. Those who have not yet participated can register on the campaign website.
The general public can also start booking their tour packages at a subsidized rate as part of the Tour Thai campaign until January 31. Reservations can be made directly with tour operators.
Tour reservations are limited to one package per person. The government will subsidize 40% of the price of the package, or up to 5,000 baht. Payments must be made by customers seven days in advance. The grant is only available for the first million reserved packages.
Government spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana said the two campaigns will help boost domestic tourism later this year and early 2022, in line with the resumption of flights to more domestic routes.
The government is currently planning to open more provinces to tourism from November 1, with the aim of attracting more cash for the tourism industry. Provinces now slated to reopen on November 1 include Bangkok, Prachuab Khiri Khan, Petchaburi, Chonburi and Chiang Mai.