The tourism industry is urging the government to expand existing subsidies and implement further plans to promote tourism.
According to Thanapol Cheewarattanaporn, president of the Association of Domestic Travel (ADT), the mood among companies about the Songkran festival is on the decline.
Most people would rather visit families than take recreational trips. The government must speed up the approval process for new funding measures, especially the co-payment that subsidizes 50 percent of travel packages, with a maximum of 3,000 Baht for two million packages.
According to the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, Thais made 4.51 million plywood with a turnover of 23 billion baht in January. This corresponds to a drop of 63.7 and 75.3 percent, respectively, which is due to the new virus outbreaks in Samut Sakhon in December.
The stagnating market forced 216 tour operators to surrender their permits to the tourism authorities in January, followed by another 180 in February.
“Tourism needs continuous and comprehensive support to keep its business running. Companies do not know if they will survive, even if the borders reopen on October 1, ”said Chamnan Srisawat, chairman of the Tourism Council of Thailand. If the current grant program, fraught with allegations of fraud, cannot be extended quickly, the government should provide an alternative solution by April.