Thailand’s tourism operators despair at another misplaced Songkran

Following the CCSA’s determination to ban water throwing during this year’s Songkran celebrations, tourism operators have been left despairing – for the third year in a row. Sanga Ruangwattanakul, president of the Khao San Road Business Association, questions how the government can ban water splashing occasions on one hand, whereas, on the opposite hand, say Covid-19 will be endemic by July 1.
Sanga’s association plans to submit a petition to the CCSA this week, asking officers to permit water splashing occasions in public areas of popular tourism destinations. He says doing so would show the world that Thailand is prepared to kickstart post-pandemic tourism, including that even if such occasions are governed by Covid restrictions and limits on numbers, this may nonetheless be better than nothing.
“The government has mandated regulations but by no means given us a solution. To comply with CCSA guidelines, eating places till now still have to limit indoor and outdoor seat capability to 50% and 75%, respectively. Earning under such restrictions is now worsened by hovering operational prices of around 20%, led by oil prices and electrical energy.”
Meanwhile, the Bangkok Post stories that operators are holding out little hope for the home tourism market either. La-Iad Bungsrithong, from the northern chapter of the Thai Hotels Association, says Chiang Mai has to endure a quiet Songkran for the third yr in a row. Celebrations of the Thai New Year vacation normally run for round a week in the northern province.
“Looking at it optimistically, the occupancy fee in the course of the upcoming holiday might escalate to 40-50% from the current degree of beneath 20%. However, with a selection of living-cost concerns for native travellers, corresponding to hovering oil prices, the occupancy may be no greater than 30%.”
La-Iad goes on to say that despite the very fact that around 50% of Chiang Mai’s resorts have re-opened, up from 30% last 12 months, most are nonetheless not breaking even. And the government’s tourism subsidy scheme is now not serving to.
“There’s no more magic from the home We Travel Together marketing campaign this time, as the higher price of living is sort of a heavy burden for Thai travellers. Speaking to Undiscovered , a lot of them wish to lower your expenses to arrange for uncertainties such as looming inflation.”

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