Thailand's tourism minister continues to abolish dual pricing

Thailand’s tourism minister continues to abolish dual pricing

A four-point plan by Ministry of Tourism Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakan calls for the Thai tourism industry to be safe, clean, and sustainable and not take advantage of foreign holidaymakers, he aims to abolish the dual pricing system in the kingdom as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, Kasetsart University’s Faculty of Engineering will develop safety standards for land-based means of transport, such as the operation of zip lines in six provinces: Chiang Mai, Chonburi, Udon Thani, Kanchanaburi, Phuket, and Bangkok. In 2015, a Chinese tourist died after falling from a cable car in Chiang Mai, while in 2019, also in Chiang Mai, a Canadian tourist died after a similar incident.

The minister wants to abolish the practice of dual pricing. Phiphat already advocated this in 2019, shortly after his appointment as Minister of Tourism. Last July, Tanes Petsuwan told the deputy. governor of marketing communications at the Thailand Tourism Authority (TAT), at the Foreign Correspondents Club in Bangkok that it makes no sense to charge foreigners more than Thais.

Tanes went on to say that “it is a very good time for Thailand” to “reform the structure of the tourism industry” as the country awaits the return of foreign holidaymakers. An ex-pat card has been touted as a possible solution to end double pricing.

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