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SURVEY: High end tourists—good idea or a flop?

SURVEY: High end tourists—good idea or a flop?  

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16 hours ago, Scott said:

The government is making a push to attract high end tourists, presumably at the expense of backpackers and other less affluent travelers.   In your opinion, is this a worthwhile endeavor?   Do you think it will succeed?   Please chose the option that best fits your opinion.

Are they discouraging backpackers, or asking them not to come? How can it be "at the expense of backpackers"? Are the putting the price up? That's the only way you'll discourage them.

 

Backpackers don't listen to cr*p from government promotional sources - they have their own much more reliable info sources. They're just not that naive. Unless they prohibit people with backpacks from entering, there's nothing they can do.

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Miserable poll options... but the bottom line is you can’t just will yourself to only accept “high end” tourists and be done with it.  Thailand has historically been a destination that people come back to. That is about the most efficient way to support tourism; you don’t have to fight for the money or energy.

 

The truly “high end” tourists I have known over the years— spending US$10k/night— will never be back; there are too many other places they want to see.  Is US$140k for two “arrivals” sustainable, of course not!  Does it provide significant value to the economy?  Harder to really tell— in dollar terms it might, but there is very little “ripple effect” through the economy with that type of customer.  

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This is not Singapore or Hong Kong and never will be.

And, I am glad it is not.

 

 

 

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Like everything , what you want and what you get are entirely two different things , I wanted to win lotto and ended up with 5 b/r 6 car garage villa on the beach front at Monaco , but thats another story. 😀😀

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3 hours ago, ratcatcher said:
5 hours ago, Suddenplans said:

Bhutan charges USD $250 per person per day.  The quality of guests to Bhutan is quite high.  Next store to Bhutan is Nepal that gets all the back packers.  Thailand could charge $25 a day.

Bhutan is the Shangrila of destinations in the world, with a traditional monarchy and way of life.

Thailand is a modern Shangrilalaland that has lost most of its traditional culture in the pursuit of tourist dollars. 

Bhutan has a ready made group of people that will pay to HIKE, they call them trekkers, and sleep in tents, with an occasional night in decent digs coming and going. The reason is they are in a remote region of the Himalaya mountain range.

 

Those material facts cannot be replicated by 98 per cent of countries. BTW The only country that tried to do something like that was Laos, 1989 through 1993. In case you missed it .. didn't work.

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1 hour ago, RJRS1301 said:

High end tourists only take a tuk-tuk once or twice, too damn smelly and noisy and uncomfortable

 

Maybe that would be an exiting story for the cocktail party back home. Something about the natives. 😉 

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Rich people will not risk their lives to holiday anywhere, they choose safe destinations, with all the necessary infrastructure and educated well-trained staff to ensure a trouble-free holiday.

 

Thailand does not have any of those things, (yet).

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1 hour ago, Don Mega said:

Yeah devils den, cost including refreshments and 2 ladies is Bt.16,500 !!

Sounds like pocket change for the kind of tourists Thailand wants.

Maybe TAT should promote this service. Maybe make it part of the elite card or something like that. 😉 

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32 minutes ago, mjakob007 said:

Trust is major factor

High end tourists will demand more of above

 

here you are with people who paid for thailand elite visa can’t even make it back to the country.

Chok dee 

Many walks of life pony up the coin for the long stay tourist visa... that don't make them high end tourists !!

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