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Phuket Opinion: Driving prices

By The Phuket News

 

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Just getting transport prices right would be a giant step in the right direction in attracting Thai tourists. Photo: Patong Municipality

 

PHUKET: Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Deputy Executive Director ASEAN, South Asia and South Pacific Region, Kulpramote Wannalert delivered an interesting presentation on “TAT’s Tourism Plan and Updates during the COVID-19 pandemic for Expats living in Thailand” at the Australian-Thai Chamber of Commerce (AustCham Thailand) Joint Chambers Phuket Briefing and Sundowners at Le Méridien Phuket Beach Resort, south of Patong, on Friday (Sept 18).

 

Ms Kulpramote highlighted what efforts are being made by the TAT’s 80-odd international offices around the globe to increase confidence among potential tourists to choose Thailand as a holiday destination once international travel resumes.

 

Ms Kulpramote also explained what role the TAT was fulfilling in helping to boost domestic tourism, especially provinces such as Phuket whose residents heavily depend on tourism just to make ends meet. Especially highlighted was the domestic expat market, for which the TAT was seeking suggestions from expats themselves on what they would like to see offered in order to inspire or encourage them to travel within the country.

 

Full story: https://www.thephuketnews.com/phuket-opinion-driving-prices-77377.php

 

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I have been to Phuket twice and will never go again. The price gouging is outrageous. It starts at the airport with the taxi touts and tuk tuks. It's in bars and restaurants on the beaches, hospitals. No point picking individual places it's everywhere. I advise friends from the UK not to go there. Even the weather is worse than most seaside resorts as it is not protected by mountain ranges like say Hua Hin or Pattaya. 

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4 hours ago, rooster59 said:

Especially highlighted was the domestic expat market, for which the TAT was seeking suggestions from expats themselves on what they would like to see offered in order to inspire or encourage them to travel

They should ask everyone not a chosen small demographic of "friendly" foreigners. They have the perfect opportunity to make things "better", in meaningful way, whilst in this financial maelstrom, but will they? No, nothing will change I suspect, but I hope for the opposite eternally. 

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"If they are foreigners, they cannot board the bus," she said, adding the rule requires all passengers to show an identification card to prove they are Thai.
I telephoned the company's call centre and the female operator just confirmed with a simple "yes". She also said the weird rule applied to all expats who have been living here for decades.

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