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With Prayut’s return, the stimulus plan is given new life

While discussion regarding the reinstatement of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha continues, one thing has become abundantly clear: the Tourism and Sports Ministry is moving forward with a package of measures that had been held up while General Prayut was suspended pending the ruling of the Constitutional Court.

Under one of the plans, entertainment places would be able to stay open until 4 in the morning. Because of the restrictions that are now in place, it is projected that Thailand suffers a daily loss of approximately 70 million baht, which is equivalent to $2 million USD. Between the hours of 1 and 4 in the morning, tourists spend the majority of their money.

Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, the minister of tourism and sports, stated that the measures will follow the practices that were in place before the pandemic. The “Booster Shot” tourism stimulus scheme, which would cost 1 billion baht and still needs cabinet approval, is one of the projects that are currently in the planning stages. The objective of the project is to find a solution to the issue of seat capacity on aircraft. As part of the plan, at least one million additional seats will be provided to aircraft during the peak travel season, in addition to other benefits for tour bus operators and hotels.

According to Phiphat, the question of extending the hours that nighttime entertainment places are open will be subject to the permission of the relevant local administration bodies.

It was decided to conduct the trial of the new opening hours on Bangla Road in Patong, Phuket. A survey conducted by Bangla Road found that the majority of tourists from other countries leave their hotels at eleven o’clock at night to go to various entertainment venues, and they drive for an average of thirty minutes to get there. As a direct consequence of this, they are exceedingly hesitant to start making their way home at 2 in the morning, which is the closing hour.

Other programs, such as the promotion of Phang Nga as a low-carbon destination and the construction of medical hubs, should continue in a seamless manner. The tourism tax of 300 baht, which is quite unpopular, is one example.

As the hospitality sector begins to recover, Marisa Sukosol Nunbhakdi, president of the Thai Hotels Association, emphasized the importance of maintaining market stability. In the event that demonstrations take place, she stated, the government ought to be required to take a calm approach and ensure that no streets are closed, particularly in places frequented by tourists.

“The government is responsible for managing crowds and demonstrations in a manner that is appropriate. In the event that Thailand holds general elections the following year, tourism should be the top priority for any government because it is the engine that powers the economy.

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