The government’s promotional campaigns for domestic tourism officially resumed Friday, allowing eligible Thais to book hotel stays and tour packages at subsidized rates.
The government hopes these campaigns will help stimulate domestic travel towards the end of this year, alongside the reopening of certain provinces, starting in November.
Thai citizens can now book hotel stays at a subsidized rate with the “We Travel Together” campaign through Jan. 31.
Introduced in 2020, the We Travel Together campaign provides subsidies for bookings at participating hotels and accommodations, encouraging people to travel more within Thailand while paying less.
For the current Phase 3 of the campaign, the government will provide a 40 percent subsidy for nightly accommodation rates, with a maximum subsidized amount capped at 3,000 baht per room a night.
Each person is entitled to up to 15 rooms or 15 nights, with the eligible stay period starting from Oct. 15-Jan. 31. All eligible bookings must be made by Oct. 23.
Thais leveraging these benefits will also receive daily coupons at 600 baht for each night of stay, which can be used for food purchases and admission fees at tourism attractions.
People booking their stay at one of the designated tourism provinces will also be eligible for a 40-percent airfare refund, with the refund amount capped at 3,000 baht. Each individual booking comes with the airfare benefits for two passengers a room, with a maximum cap of 30 passengers.
People who participated in the previous phases of this campaign can check for their remaining benefits and booking slots on the government’s Pao Tang application. Those who have yet to participate before can register on the campaign’s website.
The general public can also start booking their tour packages at a subsidized rate as part of the Tour Thai campaign from now until Jan. 31. Bookings can be made directly with tour operators.
Tour bookings are limited to one package per person only. The government will be subsidizing 40 percent of the package price, or up to 5,000 baht. Payments must be made by customers 7 days in advance. The subsidy is only available for the first 1 million packages booked.
Government spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana said the two campaigns would help stimulate domestic tourism towards the end of this year and early 2022, in line with the resumption of flights to more domestic routes.
The government is currently planning to open more provinces for tourism from Nov. 1, in an attempt to draw in more cash flow for the tourism industry. Provinces now planned for the Nov. 1 reopening include Bangkok, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Phetchaburi, Chonburi, and Chiang Mai.