Thai tour operators complain that national stimulus package only helps airline companies
The Thai Ministry of Tourism and Sports plans to end the national âTour Teaw Thaiâ stimulus plan, if it cannot distribute the benefits to the majority of the population equally.
Minister Phlipat Ratchakitprakarn said the ministry plans to hold a meeting with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) to ensure that the stimulus measure will benefit a wide range of operators, to help alleviate the economic impacts of COVID-19.
He said there is a chance the program will be over if only certain groups take advantage of it. This stimulus program is designed to provide a 40% subsidy on tour packages, priced up to 5,000 baht, to one million local tourists.
The Thai Transport Operators Association last week met with the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, calling for help to help operators prepare for the country’s reopening. The association explained that tour operators would not benefit much from the program, as many local travelers may choose to travel by air. (NNT)