Finance Ministry to propose tourism stimulus package
The Finance Ministry plans on submitting a stimulus package for tourism in Thailand valued at 170 billion baht to the cabinet later this month. The package aims to boost inbound tourism, and promote travel within the country by Thai and foreign tourists. The stimulus will also support farmers, small businesses and middle income earners. The Tourism Authority of Thailand is also launching a program to increase shopping among tourists from CLMV countries (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam) as well as Indonesia, Malaysia and India in a new campaign titled Give Me Five. The new campaign will be held in conjunction with Thai Airways International and Thai Smile, leading retailers The Mall Group, Central Group and the Ratchaprasong Business District Association, offerin privileges including five free kilograms of baggage weight and up to a 50 percent shopping discount.
The new MRT extension from Hua Lamphong station will now run for free from 7 am to 9 pm with three trains running at 8 minute intervals, passengers will still be required to change trains at Hua Lamphong in both directions but the service has seen good reception and has been running smoothly, encouraging officials to extend the free service time.
The Airports of Thailand plan on constructing a new international airport in Phang Nga with a budget of around 60 million baht for the fiscal years 2019 – 2023. The airport is expected to open in 2025 and will ease traffic for Phuket and Krabi airports and funnel tourists to Khao Lak in Phang Nga. Tourism business associations in Phuket and Phangnga also proposed that the government improve other infrastructure such as roads, piers and public transport in the three provinces as well.