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Koh Samui: "Unprecedented" hotel discounts for Thais and four trips for the price of one on Bangkok Airways

 

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A leading hotelier on Koh Samui said that resorts and hotels were offering unprecedented discounts to Thais in an effort to woo them to the holiday island for short breaks. 

 

And operators have been working with the ferry company and Bangkok Airways on special travel deals to add to the bargains. 

 

Rooms that were 100,000 baht to foreigners are being offered to Thais for a few thousand.

 

And budget prices are now the norm at two and three star places with costs slashed from thousands to hundreds of baht.

 

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Senee Phuwasetthaworn, a Surat Thani business leader and executive at the Coral Cliff Beach Resort, said that the almost complete lack of foreign tourists this year had completely obliterated the accommodation business on the island. 

 

So they were obliged to turn to Thais and adjust their prices. 

 

But it was not just an adjustment. It was more like a fire sale. 

 

"We are lowering prices in a manner that has never been done before", he told Manager. 

 

He said that rooms at 5 to 7 star establishments that were anything between 10,000 and 100,000 baht are now down to 3,000 to 5,000 baht and that two or three star resorts had cut their prices from up to 10,000 baht to just 800 and 900 baht.

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Booking can be done directly with the hotels and Thai people are encouraged to use them as a "staycation" or short term alternative to staying at home.

 

With this angle in mind he said that operators on the island had been working with the ferry and Bangkok Airways on special travel deals.

 

He said that Bangkok Airways are offering more flights as from Tuesday and that they have a special deal that buying one ticket gives the holder the right to fly FOUR times. 

 

This cuts the average cost of a trip to Samui from Bangkok from 8,000 baht to just 2,000 baht a time.

 

Senee said that he hopes such promotions continue and felt confident they would be "to the liking of Thais".

 

Regarding foreigners he said that he approved of the travel bubble scheme and the plans to quarantine people for 14 days on arrival. 

 

Source: Manager Online

 

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The article only serves to highlight how foreigners were being gouged pre-Covid.

double pricing in its finest

yes, any tears i was shedding over tourisms plight here have just ran dry    

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This seems like a very badly worded article. I think these discounts are available to everyone, not just to Thais. It's just that the hotels are specifically targeting Thais now because of the lack of foreigners. Of course on top of these discounts Thais get the government subsidy as well that's not available to us but that's a different discussion.

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7 hours ago, Dart12 said:

that would be dumb to deny ANYONE the same rate if your goal is to fill rooms during this country shut-down

they have dumb down to a fine art here.....:thumbsup:

my TGF can get a discount...but I,ll be quarantined....

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29 minutes ago, Phuketshrew said:

The article only serves to highlight how foreigners were being gouged pre-Covid.

That is a very simplistic response .. Who made the investment to build the place ?  What was the expected return on investment ? Maybe understanding that will help to appreciate the high cost for 'normal stay'.

 

Now that the place is 'there' - They are trying to cover basic running costs paying salaries to staff etc .... so assuming that anyone who are in Thailand today can stay at the 'fire sale' price .. Then its noting to do with 'double pricing' or ripping of foreigners .....  

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6 minutes ago, petermik said:

they have dumb down to a fine art here.....:thumbsup:

my TGF can get a discount...but I,ll be quarantined....

That's because you won't be coming from a covid free country!

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7 hours ago, FarFlungFalang said:

That's because you won't be coming from a covid free country!

 I,m resident here...but I,m labelled a "dirty farang"  :cheesy:

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