Synopsis: It recently decided to introduce 2 pricing systems in the hospitality sector in an attempt to revive the Covid-hit economy: one for tourists and one for residents and locals.
Thailand will soon implement a two-pricing system for the entire hospitality sector. It recently decided to introduce 2 pricing systems in the hospitality sector in an attempt to revive the Covid-hit economy: one for tourists and one for residents and locals.
Yes, that is correct. In the future, you will be expected to pay more for accommodation when you visit Thailand. Just because you are a tourist. Overall, Thailand is slowly becoming more of a climbing bougainvillea destination and hopes to attract many “high-end” travelers instead of the usual backpackers who will flood Phuket by 2020.
That is, those who do not like to pay Western prices when visiting the traditional cheap hub of Southeast Asia. The plan to introduce double hotel rates has been approved by the Ministry of Tourism and should be implemented soon. After closing its borders to tourism for the most part for the past two years, Thailand has a few hours to decide what tourist destination it wants to be in a post-Covid world.
As expected, with each new announcement, Thai officials dismissed the mass tourism that threatens to overwhelm the country. In the past, pre-pandemic, Thailand was known as a safe haven for young travelers on a budget, but that is about to change. By introducing new tourist fees, closing off access to famous beaches made famous by Hollywood movies, and now increasing fees, the Southeast Asian giant has become a more expensive destination than the original.
While Thailand reopened earlier this year, it scratched the Thailand Pass and made it much easier to visit, but also lowered hotel prices in an attempt to attract more foreigners. This means that tourists who are now returning to Thailand after the easing of entry restrictions have benefited from lower hotel prices.