Because so many would-be travelers are being deterred from traveling due to the excessively high cost of flying, Thailand’s tourism recovery is now in jeopardy. Tour companies advertise Scandinavian packages starting at 150,000 baht, or almost 170,000 baht per person, which represents a cost that is twice what it was in 2019. Only 3% of people who travel internationally can afford such pricey excursions.

The price of vacation packages is increasing, according to the head of the Thai Travel Agent Association, mostly as a result of expensive plane tickets that are partly caused by increased fuel prices globally and higher operating costs. Long-haul flights, including those from the US and Europe, are most heavily impacted by the high fuel prices and labor shortages because most airlines and related businesses were severely curtailed during the Covid-19 outbreak and are now striving to expand again to meet rising demand. Many people who were eagerly awaiting Thailand’s full reopening and the restart of tourism were unaware of the rise in the cost of travel arrangements.

They provide specialized high-end packages and premium travel options in an effort to entice visitors who have the means to pay the rising prices. The epidemic has caused some flight costs to quadruple from what they were in 2019; also, tour companies are experiencing greater operational costs across the board. They provide specialized high-end packages and premium travel options in an effort to entice visitors who have the means to pay the rising prices. The bulk of Thai tourists, including both group and individual travelers, shunned long-haul travel due to its excessive cost.

In close-by countries like Malaysia, Laos, and Vietnam, where travel is still reasonably priced, outbound tourism operators are looking to increase their share of the short-haul outbound tourism market, according to the TTAA president.

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