Covid-19 travel: Thailand may get pricier for tourists with dual hotel rates | Travel

Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism plans to force hotel operators to implement a dual-tariff structure, under which foreign tourists can be charged the same rates as in pre-pandemic days while locals can enjoy discounted rates.

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Foreign tourists may soon find Thailand a more expensive destination than in the past two years, now that the country plans to raise hotel rates to pre-pandemic levels to support the industry’s rapid recovery.

Thailand’s tourism ministry plans to force hotel operators to implement a dual-tariff structure under which foreign tourists can be charged the same rates as pre-pandemic days while locals can enjoy discounted rates, a government spokesman said in a statement on Wednesday. .

“It is about maintaining the quality of our rates and services for foreign tourists, which affects the perception of the country’s tourism brand,” Tracey said. “Reduced fares maintained during Covid-19 for Thais to keep pace with domestic tourism.”

Hotels in tourism hotspots such as Bangkok, Phuket, Krabi and Koh Samui continue to offer huge discounts to lure back visitors after the pandemic pushed room occupancy rates to around 30%.

While there was no immediate response to the proposal from hotel operators, Treasury said the Ministry of Tourism and the Tourism Authority of Thailand will soon hold talks with the Hotel Association of Thailand on a dual pricing plan.

Although the Southeast Asian country has lifted all Covid-related travel restrictions, the tourism sector is still reeling from heavy losses accumulated during the pandemic. Thailand expects 9.3 million foreign arrivals this year, up from the 40 million tourists it received in 2019.

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