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Tourism minister in Samui: Hints at baht action and "new group" of tourists - all revealed next month

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Of course I'd never suggest that anyone from the government would ever deliberately lie, about anything, but I do have to wonder how many helpings of Samui mushrooms this guy had. 🤓

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Not enough tourists for Koh Samui hotels Oversupply has operators struggling

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Koh  Samui is just like Bangkok. 7-11, Big C and Bangkok Banks everywhere, a concrete jungle hell hole. Stay away.

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4 hours ago, Langkawee said:

Koh  Samui is just like Bangkok. 7-11, Big C and Bangkok Banks everywhere, a concrete jungle hell hole. Stay away.

And you had dinner with Elvis yes?

Did you actually come to Samui or is that just from Google maps?

I can only assume that you are a troll.

Happy New Year Mr troll.

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If there was anyone at the TAT department that had 1/2 a brain cell and sat down and read Thai Visa forums they would understand all that is wrong with their sector in Thailand and everything else that is wrong. All the mitigating factors that are part of or the sum of the cause. 

It would take them a good while because there is about 10 years of the stuff to trawl through.

 

I know for a fact in the UK the tabloids love a horror story about murder, mayhem and sordid sex to splash all over their front pages - and Thailand never fails to come up with those goods. Constantly tarnishing their "friendly Thai" image.

 

There was a time when western tourists would put up with a "mild rip off" because when it came down to it, what was the pointing of fighting over small change when it came to the exchange rate. But not now and not having to put up with it all the time you come here.

 

Scandanavians, Germans and Brits of a certain age would flock over the winter to sit and drink gallon after gallon of cheap booze. The demographics of that in the next generation has undergone a complete change. In fact I think it is probably cheaper to buy a big bottle of Singha in Tesco in the UK than it is in a bar in Pattaya now and younger people with money live a fitter and healthier lifestyle.

 

All the above information and a lot more just goes completely over the heads of anyone at TAT or any other Thai junta department.

 

 

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On 12/9/2019 at 2:12 PM, lemonjelly said:

Everyone has done Thailand, it’s not nouveau anymore, the millennials have moved on... Vietnam, Europe.

exactly....thailand's allure has worn off

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TAT will never admit the real causes for tourisms decline due to loss of face.So many reasons,tourists now staying in rented condo's air BNB ,,,sees hotels half empty...........TAT's double and triple counting of arrivals at airports to boost numbers,I think a big factor too is bad press overseas,sinking boats,bus crashes,motor cycles deaths on tourist locations,surely faces in shops because tourists deciding not to buy,unclean beaches,lots of trash everywhere, and yes thai tourist locations becoming more expensive than other destinations,and in some places poor air quality.

And finally...thailand is yesterday's adventure,now it's vietnam,cambodia,and tomorrow it'll be myanmar

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On 12/9/2019 at 8:14 AM, webfact said:

He hinted that the government had plans for the baht and stimulus measures to lure foreign tourists. He promised a "new group" of tourists, more domestic tourism and sustainable tourism. 

Yes... domestic travelers... get the unemployed to start travelling in pick up trucks 10 high... cordon off the Thai economy because of a strong bht and we will begin the age old tradition of trading goods. 

They will also organize submarine trips available only to the Thais between Samui and Pattaya... at a discount Thai rate.

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Quote "Then he was off to examine a waste disposal area in Maret and take in a trip to the Na Muang waterfall."

 

I wonder if it's the waste disposal that hasn't worked for years. Along with the landfill mountain of putrid waste that he went to visit.

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On 12/9/2019 at 4:01 PM, Isaan sailor said:

Seems they could more easily lower the Baht (by slowing hot money bond sales and or lowering interest rates again), than fix all of their other problems that drive tourists away.

There is no hot money bond sales.

 

Its a figment of your imagination. What limited imagination you might have.

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The high baht. Always an excuse. Never, ever take responsibility. It is all about you guys. You have caused this. You have brought this on.

 

On Samui you can also blame the high traffic deaths, the BA monopoly, and the extreme lack of local pride. 

 

Blame the TAT. Blame Prayuth. Blame the army. Blame astonishing incompetence and hubris. Or blame the air quality, the traffic congestion and a dozen other reasons. But do not cop out and blame the baht. It is one small factor. Be men. Show us some honor. 

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52 minutes ago, spidermike007 said:

The high baht. Always an excuse. Never, ever take responsibility. It is all about you guys. You have caused this. You have brought this on.

 

On Samui you can also blame the high traffic deaths, the BA monopoly, and the extreme lack of local pride. 

 

Blame the TAT. Blame Prayuth. Blame the army. Blame astonishing incompetence and hubris. Or blame the air quality, the traffic congestion and a dozen other reasons. But do not cop out and blame the baht. It is one small factor. Be men. Show us some honor. 

I do normally agree with you but not this time. Yes I agree with every thing you listed

but the high baht is a big factor for me as well. Being a pensioner with limited income

I need a lower baht to make it worth while to come to Thailand again. And yes the normal

young tourist don't care about a high Thai baht, but for me it is essential and maybe for

many other tourists as well. Yes I could go to other south east Asian countries but I have

friends in Thailand since I lived there for many years and still have a lady friend living

there and her family. So for me the high Thai baht is not very nice.

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On 12/9/2019 at 9:41 AM, Matzzon said:

Is it only me, or what in the world is "a downtown in the number of visitors???

You know what it is. Its a typo.

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