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The starting point could be to ask what brings tourists to Thailand? And whether their expectations are satisfied.

Then, at least, we have an idea of Thailand's strengths and weaknesses.

 

But we also need to identify and work through the threats, such as Vietnam or the strong baht. Not to mention the many emerging opportunities sich as a serious effort to create centres offering meditation, yoga and personal development. 

 

We need quality journalism to cross check those tourist numbers with airline stats and MoT stats.

 

After seeing to the marketing effort and infrastructure, surely that is more than enough for the government to organise? Offering subsidies to hotels and guest houses can only lead to more dereliction of duties that belong to business owners.

 

I feel that this report does not reflect what happened in that meeting. I feel sure discussion would have been more intense, deeper and structured. If you watch the PM on Friday evenings, you can see straight away that he is a methodical and organised strategist, as well as a politician. No way, for example, would he overlook tourist motivations and experiences, or issues of pollution and safety, or measures of the impact of FX or Immigration location tracking or indeed the important role of expat residents as informal ambassadors for Thailand..

 

Tourism is maybe 20% of GDP and this 20% is to a greater extent than for other sectors of the economy, the livelihood of the little people living in the cities many of them.

 

Rather than scoffing at government activity in support of tourism, we could instead take a greater interest and get the hoteliers and tour operators and Grab and AirBnB people etc etc more actively involved in making and implementing government policies. Help the government. A national effort is required or Thailand once the world's number one destination will sink further and its economy flounder.

 

Involve the people, not through coercion, but by giving them a role in their futures.

 

No?

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15 minutes ago, elgenon said:

I want to spend more money in Thailand so why do they treat me like <deleted> when I try to extend my tourist visa? Why does the extension fee even need to be 1900 bath (I like that spelling)? Why do I get fed up and pay an agent during high season? Ting tong. Last high season I went to immigration 3 times starting 2 weeks out and the cop at Jomtien kept telling me to come back later. I finally went the day before my visa expired. The only day it rained and flooded. Miserable.

 

I am taking a shorter trip this time because I am tired of the hassle and  sh--ty attitude towards me. Changing how they treat people who want to spend money would be helpful.

Start with a 60 days tourist visa next time,then with one 30 days extension,you have 90 days. One border crossing,another 30 days, now you have 120 days. Is that a short time for a common "tourist"?What are you complaining about? 

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15 hours ago, madmen said:

No mention of actually staffing the empty IO desks in arrivals. That's a good start

In fairness when we left Thailand for an overseas trip last month all the outbound IO desks were full and there were a number of trainees there. Seemed like a positive move.

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15 hours ago, Lungstib said:

Thats 2 arrivals for every 3 people living here. Do you really believe that? A complete absence of discussion about polluted air, plastics in the ocean, overcrowded beaches, two tier pricing for entrances, tourist rip-offs and city traffic jams. Tourists do not live in a news restricted world where everything here is just hunky dory like the govt would wish it to be.

Why is that so unbelievable.

18 million tourists arrived in Singapore where that population is only 5 million.

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I see no mention of devaluing the baht to make the exchange rate more attractive!

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15 hours ago, seeyoujimmy said:

If tourism is up why are they doing anything.

Thats a very good point!!

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47 minutes ago, Libai said:

"New safety rules will be introduced to lessen the risks of accidents or death of foreign tourists."

 

The government should look at regulations, (if there are any) that govern the height of walls that surround balconies.  These are so low that it is very easy for the unwary to fall over to their deaths.  

You don't get it

you are probably new in Thailand

every Thai could explain it to you

it's not the balconies wich are low

it's the farangs who are tall, why the farangs are so tall?

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The VAT refund idea indicates the type of tourist Thailand is now seeking. Not the beach bums, sightseers, nature lovers and those here for certain other pleasures.

 

No, lets go for shoppers, those that spend all their day bussed from store to store spending their hard earned yuan.

 

Thy should take a look at the Japanese system if they really want to improve the VAT refund scheme; all done in-store with the goods available for inspection at outward customs if required.

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Medical uses conference. No big deal

Well there off to a good start, I believe there holding the 2020 weed smoking conference in Bangkok.

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3 hours ago, jesimps said:

They can try all the gimmicks they want, but in my opinion it comes down mainly to what your normal tourist can afford and with the ridiculously expensive baht, not a lot.

Although the Baht has strengthened, its more due to other currencies weakening, that includes other S.E.countries that have devalued but that isn't the main reason. Thailand now has genuine competition from other countries worldwide that have just as good a food, culture, attractions etc and people are exploring them. On top of so much bad publicity and experience from travelers with the shameful attitude of Thais, violence, over charging, smog etc people are voting with their feet. I know many long termers and repeat visitors for decades that won't set foot back in Thailand because of the way they are now treated.....from the IO at the airport all the way through their stay in hotels, restaurants, taxi drivers..no fun, no customer service....in fact abysmal service with a moody grunt....this is what needs to be addressed if Thailand really wants to be a world destination.

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28 minutes ago, Burma Bill said:

I see no mention of devaluing the baht to make the exchange rate more attractive!

Why would that make any difference?

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3 minutes ago, jerojero said:

Medical uses conference. No big deal

sorry, tongue in cheek on that one.

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