Tourist bus incentive by TAT hoped to boost domestic tourism
In their latest effort to boost domestic tourist numbers, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is teaming up with bus operators to send coach convoys across the country. TAT hopes that the commissioning of more than 500 tourist buses will not only put bus drivers and other related workers to work, but also stimulate Thai people’s interest in getting on a coach and exploring different parts of the country.
The plan is the latest in a long series by the TAT to try to develop domestic tourism as international travelers are still slowly returning to Thailand after the global Covid-19 pandemic. The tourist buses have received financial incentives from the TAT to operate tourist routes in the north, south, east and center of the country, according to the deputy governor in charge of domestic marketing of the TAT.
Tour operators will receive 10,000 baht per day for each bus route they operate. These itineraries should take Thai tourists on at least one overnight trip, with a minimum requirement of one night and two days per trip. The TAT has set some limits though, offering a maximum of 40,000 baht per bus.
The plan has already been implemented and the first of these sponsored and incentivized bus trips took place on September 10. Some 208 buses out of the 500 coaches available have already had tour programs created and sold.
The president of the Association of Thai Transport Operators said around 15,000 vehicles have now been returned to service after the pandemic. This represents around 40% of the fleet which usually operates irregular services like tours and custom trips.
He applauded the TAT’s efforts to help bus operators, saying the pandemic had pushed them into economic hardship for years. Now he hopes tourist buses will once again become a common sight on highways and roads across Thailand, especially with many high-profile upcoming festivals.
SOURCE: MCOT Thai News Agency
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