Thailand’s tourism campaign results in more than 3.6 million hotel bookings

Wat Asokaram Samut Prakarn Thailand

The number of hotel room bookings under the “Rao Pai Tiew Gun” (Let’s travel together) campaign has reached 3.6 million. The campaign is one of the government’s tourism stimulus measures, providing a 40% discount per night (but not exceeding five nights) to 5 million travellers.

Traisuree Taisaranakul, a deputy government spokeswoman, said that travellers are still booking hotels in the major tourism cities, most of them in the western and eastern regions, according to a report by Nation Thailand. People mostly booked hotels near the seaside for largely one-night stays. For slightly longer stays, people mostly booked hotels in the southern provinces, especially Krabi, for an average of two nights.

She added that the booking process that opened on Saturday was going well and people would start travelling from July 24 as the long holiday period would commence from July 25-29.

The spokesman warned hotel operators to desist from cheating or inflating the room price. There are government agents scanning and comparing the prices, the Nation Thailand report says. Any hotel found to be cheating will be disqualified immediately, the spokeswoman said.