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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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6 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.

All of the travellers I have noticed bound for Bhutan at BKK airport are elderly Japanese. A tour is required I reckon.

 

Thailand should charge 3-500 per day. To fund physical improvements, improved services,  and an accident insurance fund. Two problems sorted. Also ban visa free travel, at least from USA. 30 percent - 40 percent of my US countrymen have no business traveling internationally. A FBI check will weed  out most.. That will solve most of the problems caused by lowlifes, and criminals.

 

No need to think of it as high ends or low end.  Thailand has a range of options that appeal to various spend levels and it won't work on 5 stars alone.

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Can you define "high end?"

How many High end hotels are there?

My brain hurts.

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5 minutes ago, Captain Monday said:

Thailand should charge 3-500 per day.

I don't think 3 Baht a day would be hard for most people but 500 may stop some from coming. 

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1 hour ago, OneMoreFarang said:

Does anybody know how many of the tourist from i.e. last year would qualify as high-end-tourist? 10%? 1%?

I understand that Thailand wants these people, and I think Thailand should try to get them. But they alone won't resurrect the tourist business.

 

What would help with tourists is well known: Be nice to tourists, don't have double price policy, don't have lots of taxi, gems, jet-ski and whatever scammers. Don't have TukTuk drivers who want a fortune for a trip around the corner, etc. The list is long and well known. The authorities could do a lot to address these well knows problems - if they wanted to do that...

i agree with all you are saying here, but the Thai authorities just don't have the brains to do anything about the things you mention, the same applies to the dreadful road fatalities.

Their limit is sitting round a table and making up 22 stupid rules for bars to obey, and fixing curfews, banning alcohol etc which has nothing to do with any virus.

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5 minutes ago, Don Mega said:

Ya'd think so but have you seen some em frothing at the mouth when they see a bar put up balloons  !!

Yep, I remember the good old days!

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If you dig around you can find statements such as, "in the UK, the five richest families own more wealth than 25% of the country's population". Translate that kind of statistic into tourism and you probably arrive at something like, "ten of the most wealthy tourists spend as much as the bottom five thousand combined".

 

Which person in their right mind wouldn't vote for something like that, especially when increasing the ratio involves doing almost nothing whatsoever.  

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39 minutes ago, possum1931 said:

i agree with all you are saying here, but the Thai authorities just don't have the brains to do anything about the things you mention, the same applies to the dreadful road fatalities.

Their limit is sitting round a table and making up 22 stupid rules for bars to obey, and fixing curfews, banning alcohol etc which has nothing to do with any virus.

High end tourists do not go to "tourist bars" they go other more acceptable establishments without putting up with disgruntled expats pontificating and stinking of cigarette smoke

 

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8 minutes ago, Hayduke said:

 

The biggest single problem is that Thais see tourists as victims to be exploited…not as customers to be welcomed.

 

We all see different things based on our lifestyle and location in Thailand, I have almost never thought that Thai people see me as a victim to be exploited but there again I don't live in a tourist area.

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You give the survey to the noodle sellers and kabab vendors and those in the food queues who live off the lower end tourists and whom the high end tourists would avoid like the plague

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5 minutes ago, RichardColeman said:

You give the surveyto the noodle sellers and kabab vendors and those in the food queues who live off the lower end tourists and whom the high end tourists would avoid like the plague

and well after the current plague

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People attract people, let them all in and make them all feel very welcome 🙂

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7 hours ago, brommers said:

Thailand is not making the best of its unique culture, cuisine and character by appealing to the bottom feeder tourists that visit in their tens of millions. But a sweeping change to high end tourism is simply a pipe dream, and will provide very little in the way of numbers. And this country badly needs numbers to soak up the unemployment following the lockdown. It is not a binary decision that is needed but a long term and well managed move away from trash tourists to a more middle market. Bhutan is no model for this and neither are most markets because they become fixated, like TAT are,  on chasing volume. Tourism is highly destructive unless very carefully controlled.

What is unique about Thai culture? most of it is borrowed from other countries, including a lot of the food and sport. They have never made the most of it's music of course but lets be honest most peole are here for the dirty girls, beaches, ladyboys and copied goods.

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