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148 Tourism Information Centers to open in PTT gas stations

BANGKOK, 10 February 2016 (NNT) – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises Promotion (OSMEP), the Small and Medium Enterprise Development Bank of Thailand (SME Bank), the Department of Community Development and PTT Public Company Limited have signed a memorandum of understanding for the setting up of 148 Tourism Information Centers in PTT gas stations throughout the country.


The centers were designed to support and promote sales of locally-made products and local tourism as well as to distribute incomes to communities under the government’s civil state policy.

TAT Governor Yutthasak Suphasorn said after the signing ceremony TAT will provide a 148 million baht budget for the setting up of all 148 shops with a belief that they will raise domestic incomes related to tourism industry and definitely reach a target of 850 billion baht in revenue.

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Great idea! Let's see how this works out.

I agree, PTP seem to be everywhere.

So millions of tourists are roaming around the country on motorbikes or in private cars.

Busloads of tourists stop at key PTT stations usually to buys snacks/foods and use the restroom because it common for PTT to be like a mini mall in having a bunch of venders/shops at the station. Most PTT stations make a real effort to turn their stations into combo shopping/food and fuel stations. I see it all the time at PTT stations near to me here in western Bangkok where I fill-up my private vehicle with fuel....busloads of tourists stop to take a pee-break and buy something to eat...and maybe buys a souvenir or two. And as already mentioned PTT does seem to be everywhere.

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Great idea! Let's see how this works out.

I agree, PTP seem to be everywhere.

So millions of tourists are roaming around the country on motorbikes or in private cars.

Yes, and if you bother going to the neighbour countries you see a lot of Thai cars and motorcycles. I even saw 2 beautiful Thai girls in Vang Vien on a Scooter with Bangkok plates. Doesn’t mean that they drove from Bangkok, but you never know.

A lot of adventures Thai people and I have meet a lot of them. So I can easy think of millions of cars and motorcycles with tourists on the roads, go to any National park during the weekend. Or any of the popular tourist places/ beaches and there is mostly Thai tourists

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"TAT Governor Yutthasak Suphasorn said after the signing ceremony TAT will provide a 148 million baht budget for the setting up of all 148 shops with a belief that they will raise domestic incomes related to tourism industry and definitely reach a target of 850 billion baht in revenue."

Definitely?

That's quite a bold total to claim will be achieved no matter what...

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Funny. When I drive around Thailand, I encounter thousands of shops, food carts, and roadside vendors. I'm sure all those small business owners will be delighted with this State funded initiative to provide them with competition at PTT stations.

The phrase "robbing Peter to pay Paul" comes to mind.

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"TAT Governor Yutthasak Suphasorn said after the signing ceremony TAT will provide a 148 million baht budget for the setting up of all 148 shops with a belief that they will raise domestic incomes related to tourism industry and definitely reach a target of 850 billion baht in revenue."

Definitely?

That's quite a bold total to claim will be achieved no matter what...

I'm sure even if the target isn't actually reached it will have if you see what I mean. TAT and the ministry aren't into negativity.

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PTT petrol stations to turn tourism information centres

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BANGKOK: -- PTT Plc's 148 petrol stations will now become more than fuelling stations but tourism information centres after five state owned and state agencies agreed to cooperate in making them more useful to motorists.

The five agencies comprise the Tourism Authority of Thailand, the SMEs Promotion Office, the SME Bank, the Community Development Department and PTT Public Company Limited.

Yesterday they signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the establishment of tourist information centres.

Under the MoU, information centers, “Pracharat Suk Jai Shop”, will be setup at 148 PTT’s petrol stations across the country.

Unlike normal convenient stores in petrol station, visitors visiting the “Pracharat Suk Jai Shop” can get information related to tourism and shop for certain products that are indigenous and made by local people.

Tags: Business, Community Development Department, convenient stores, fuelling stations, MOU, Pracharat Suk Jai Shop, PTT petrol stations, PTT Public Company Limited, SME Bank, SMEs Promotion Office, tourism, Tourism Authority of Thailand.

Source: http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/content/150364

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