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Airbnb welcomes Thai tourism minister’s pro-growth agenda

By THE NATION

 

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Airbnb has welcomed new Tourism and Sports Minister Pipat Ratchakitprakan’s commitment to grow tourism and support short-term accommodation in Thailand.

 

Speaking to media on his first day in office, Ratchakitprakan identified short-term accommodation reform and growing tourism in secondary cities as a priority area for the Tourism and Sports Ministry. 

 

“We look forward to working closely with the new government and Minister Ratchakitprakan on growing and diversifying Thailand’s tourism industry,” Airbnb’s head of Public Policy for Southeast Asia Mich Goh said. 

 

“We particularly welcome the minister’s commitment to prioritising short-term accommodation reform in Thailand. It is recognition that more travellers from Thailand and abroad are choosing to stay in short-term accommodation such as Airbnb listings, and that the rules need to keep pace. 

 

“While the Airbnb community in Thailand already makes a significant contribution to the tourism industry and economy, we believe that contribution could be even greater.

 

“Clear and innovative rules for short-term accommodation would create more opportunities for Thai hospitality entrepreneurs and help generate more income for local communities, especially those in secondary provinces. Airbnb stands ready to work with the Government in the coming months on developing clear, innovative rules for short-term accommodation in Thailand.”

 

Airbnb has already partnered with the Ministry of Interior’s Department of Local Administration to train local provincial officials on hospitality, hosting and compliance standards. Airbnb has also partnered with the state-owned Government Savings Bank to help promote and empower Thai hospitality entrepreneurs through flexible-interest rate loans and training programmes. 

 

According to data released in June, Airbnb’s host and guest community generated over Bt33.8 billion in estimated direct economic impact in Thailand in 2018. The data also found that 80 per cent of local Airbnb hosts say they recommend restaurants and cafes to guests, and on average Airbnb guests in Thailand say 46 per cent of their spending occurs in the neighbourhood where they stay.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/business/30373425

 

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21 minutes ago, webfact said:

Thai tourism minister’s pro-growth agenda

Grow your own tourism :stoner:

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airbnb is illegal in thailand lol .

won't be long before farang illegal in thailand as the supreme prime minster doesn't like them ...

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Hundreds of AirBNB are illegally operated by foreigners on such as tourist and education visas etc,perhaps the ptb might like to address this situation?

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1 hour ago, BuckBee said:

airbnb is illegal in thailand lol .

won't be long before farang illegal in thailand as the supreme prime minster doesn't like them ...

It's because we ask questions he can't answer; because we get our Thai partners to wonder where the money goes AND because we've read more than three books.

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59 minutes ago, Thailand said:

Hundreds of AirBNB are illegally operated by foreigners on such as tourist and education visas etc,perhaps the ptb might like to address this situation?

That should probably be hundreds of thousands and a large proportion pay no tax.

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What kind of pro do they want to grow because surprise surprise that's illegal to🤔

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Promoting tourism growth means blocking me from the place I preferred to spend my money for many years? Ha, funny they don't want the farangs in their country but if their kids get a chance to go to university in a farang country then that is great.

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I always wonder where they get their facts and percentages from ????

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8 hours ago, Thailand said:

Hundreds of AirBNB are illegally operated by foreigners on such as tourist and education visas etc,perhaps the ptb might like to address this situation?

Who or what is the ptb?

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