Bangkok (VNA) – Thailand’s Tourism and Sports Ministry is aiming high for 100
million domestic trips this year as the international travel market will
not be likely to return to normal soon because of the COVID-19.
signs from travel agencies that Thais are starting to book local rooms for
holidays, he said, adding that the TAT is pinning hopes on domestic consumption
and maintain the overall goal of 1.23 trillion baht (38.33 billion USD) revenue
Tourism has been
the driving force for Thailand’s growth in recent years. Before the COVID-19
outbreak, the country expected that revenues from the “smokeless” industry
would make up at least 20 percent of its GDP this year. However, tourism was
the first sector hard hit by the pandemic.
Data from the
Tourism and Sports Ministry reveals that the number of domestic trips plunged
29.5 percent in the first quarter of 2020 to 24.1 million while revenue from
local travel shrank 33.7 percent to 180 billion baht.
the government is set to provide a 25 trillion rupiah (1.68 billion USD)
stimulus package that includes airfare and hotel discounts to speed up the
recovery of the travel industry after the pandemic subsides.
Ministry’s Fiscal Policy Agency head Febrio Kacaribu said on May 13 that the
stimulus package, which aims to boost consumption among the middle class, would
be effective by the third quarter when COVID-19 restrictions are expected to be