฿9bn approved to revive Thailand’s “We Travel Together” stimulus scheme
The Thai cabinet approved a budget of nine billion baht today (Monday) to revive the “We Travel Together” (Rao Tiew Duay Kan) economic stimulus scheme, from February until July, to promote local tourism, said Deputy Government Spokesperson Traisuree Traisoranakul.
Under the program, each subscriber will enjoy 40% hotel room rate discounts, but not more than 3,000 baht per night, and they will have the right to ten room nights. Only two million nights are available.
As for special rates on air fares, Traisuree said that the number of entitlements this time has been reduced to 600,000, because not all the entitlements were used last time, adding that the revival of the program is to encourage Thais to travel and spend domestically, to help tour operators and hotel businesses who have been badly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown restrictions over the past two years.
The cabinet has also assigned the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) to increase regulatory measures to prevent business operators or consumers abusing the program.
For the “Tour Tiew Thai” program, which offers subsidies for local tourists provided by travel agents, she said that, as proposed by the TAT, the cabinet has slashed the number of entitlements from a million to 200,000, reducing the amount of funding required to 1 billion baht, from the original 5 billion.