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Two tiered pricing for foreigners in Thailand

Started by thaiga, July 04, 2020, 01:50:54 AM

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The media reports that a TAT spokesman said It's time to scrap two tiered pricing for foreigners in Thailand. they went on to say that while the country is waiting for the return of tourists it "is a very good time for Thailand to reform the tourism industry structure".

as Nongnooch Garden starts the ball rolling, they confirmed to associated press that they have decided to cancel two tier pricing for expats who live in Thailand and are residents. no mention of tourists, just foreigners that live in Thailand. so is it still Two tiered pricing and how will that reform the tourism industry structure. :spin

Nong Nooch Gardens scraps dual pricing system for expats with proof of residence

This is effective from July onwards. Foreigners will need to provide one of the following to get the reduced price:
-Thai Drivers License

-Resident Card

-Valid Work Permit

Additionally, senior citizens over 60 will get free admission every Monday which also applies to foreign nationals with proof of residence in Thailand.

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.


Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.


The way things are at the moment Thailand needs every baht it can get and i do honestly believe a fairer system would bring in more income in the long run. dual prices i pay up rather than throw the toys out the pram and embarrass my family

Thailand's tourism chiefs are turning to expatriates working in Thailand and foreigners living in the country to save Thai tourism in its hour of need. The tourism crisis in Thailand has been likened to the 1997 financial crash. Now, "two million" expats are being encouraged to travel more in order to help boost domestic tourism, and officials attempt to come up with a raft of measures to lift the tourism doom and gloom caused by the pandemic. huahinexpatnews.com

Hotels urged to end dual pricing scheme
Government eager to lure expats

The Tourism and Sports Ministry is encouraging hotels in Thailand to offer fair packages to expatriates, avoiding price discrimination as the country aims to attract 2 million foreign residents to travel more domestically.

Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, the tourism and sports minister, said the ministry urged expatriate associations to travel domestically instead of going abroad, as they may face back-to-back 14-day quarantines when arriving at other destinations and then upon returning to Thailand.

The idea has received some positive feedback from expatriates, but points of concern remain regarding local sentiment towards foreigners during the outbreak and overpriced accommodations.

He said the Tourism Authority of Thailand is working with hoteliers and the Tourism Council of Thailand to ensure expatriates will receive the same hotel rates as locals.

The government does not have any stimulus measures for expatriates.

Mr Phiphat admitted the Tourism and Sports Ministry cannot stop dual pricing at local attractions in the near future as they fall under the purview of different ministries.

He said 2 million expatriates normally take overseas trips, especially to other Southeast Asian countries during holidays, rather than within Thailand.

"If expats who work here travel in Thailand four times during the remainder of the year, that would entail 8 million trips for the tourism industry," Mr Phiphat said.

While residing in Thailand, most expatriates tend to travel with family, play golf and shop, spending 6,000-8,000 baht per day on average, he said. This outlay is almost two times higher than local travellers, who spend around 4,000 baht per day.

Bang Kachao in Samut Prakan, under the supervision of the Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration, is a potential destination for expats.

Thailand welcomed 6.69 million international tourists during the first half of this year, a plunge of 66.2% year-on-year, while international receipts dropped by 65.2% to 332 billion baht. He said the number of foreign arrivals will not exceed 9 million this year because of the challenging circumstances, while domestic tourism is expected to tally 80-100 million trips.

"If we can stimulate domestic travel to 120 million trips, it is possible to accomplish this year's goal for tourism revenue of 1.23 trillion baht," said Mr Phiphat.

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.


Dual prices on agenda
Operators urged to target expat market

Foreigners are charged 200 baht to enter Sa Morakot (Emerald Pool), a popular attraction in Krabi, while Thais pay just 20 baht. (Photo from 2PriceThailand Facebook page)

The Tourism and Sports Ministry plans to propose to the prime minister the idea of ditching dual pricing at local attractions for expatriates in Thailand, as well as asking tour operators to tailor packages to this target group.

The packages should be attractive enough to lure expatriates, a group that could contribute 1 billion baht in tourism revenue to help stimulate the economy, said Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, the tourism and sports minister.

"I'm planning to discuss offering expatriates the same price as locals with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, providing them an equal chance to visit tourist sites such as national parks and temples," Mr Phiphat said.

Meanwhile, the ministry, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and tourism operators are scheduled to hold a meeting today with private tour companies about creating packages for expats, both as a group and for independent tourists.

Expats here deserve to be treated like locals but they regularly face price discrimination, said TAT governor Yuthasak Supasorn.

Mr Yuthasak said one idea is to provide an identification card for expatriates to use while travelling.

The agency is also planning to introduce a weekday tourism campaign to help disperse the number of tourists on work days.

A conclusion on both plans is expected to be reached this week.

Mr Yuthasak said the supply side is developing well enough, as the number of operators that received the Safety and Health Administration (SHA) standard has reached 4,021 companies, including 1,010 in Bangkok, 498 in Phuket and 340 in Chiang Mai.

The SHA award is meant to improve tourist confidence in the post-pandemic era.

"We have to boost domestic demand and tourism revenue in the third quarter," Mr Yuthasak said. "The goal is to build tourism momentum and encourage operators to open, rather than waiting for international arrivals."

He said the agency will hear from the private sector at a joint meeting today about the updated situation of the tourism business, such as how many of them already received soft loans, and the preferred direction for Thai tourism in the near future.

Mr Yuthasak said the TAT board approved the appointment of new deputy governors to replace two executives, Srisuda Wanapinyosak and Noppadon Pakprot, who will retire in September.

Kritsana Kaewthamrong will replace Mr Noppadon as the deputy governor for domestic marketing, while Apichai Chatchalermkit will look after digital R&D.

Siripakorn Cheawsamoot will shift from digital R&D to replace Mrs Srisuda in international marketing for Europe, Africa, Middle East and the Americas.

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.


TAT vows to eliminate dual pricing, mulls expat ID card
Expatriates may not be able to join tourism stimulus packages, but the government pledges to end dual pricing as soon as possible.

Yuthasak Supasorn, governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), said the We Travel Together stimulus campaign is carried out with budget from the Loan Act, which has a clear mandate and objectives that make it hard to include foreigners.

But the TAT will discuss stopping dual pricing for expatriates with the National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department, as well as famous tourism sites.

Mr Yuthasak said the move will let expats save money, allowing them to spend more as a key target to boost domestic tourism.

The agency wants to introduce an identity card to verify expats' status, helping to distinguish them from tourists so they will be charged the same price as locals.

The expat travel card would be issued by the TAT. The agency hopes to sign a memorandum of understanding with each department that owns tourist attractions to fix a standard local price for those card holders permanently, not just during the pandemic.

The TAT also wants to improve its customer database about independent tourists here, Mr Yuthasak said.

"The key factor is we have to treat expats like locals, without discrimination or a negative attitude towards foreigners," he said.

According to the TAT, 60% of 2 million expatriates living in Thailand come from Asia, of which 150,000 are Chinese, followed by Japanese (70,000) and South Koreans (20,000).

At present, the agency partners with Alipay and Fliggy -- a travel platform from China -- to promote domestic tourism campaigns for Chinese expats.

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.

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