BANGKOK - The Thai government is dangling a carrot in front of travellers in the hope of planting the seeds for a domestic tourism recovery.
The proposal, announced by economy and society secretary Tossaporn Sirisamphan, indicated that from 1 July Thais will be eligible for 40-50% off the price of hotels.
The offer will be part of a multi-billion-baht package to stimulate the tourism and related sectors. Thais will be issued with coupons for cheap hotel stays.
Latest figures suggest Thailand may lose up to two million jobs this year, particularly in the tourism industry, as the coronavirus outbreak undermines economic activity.
The state planning agency said on Thursday about 8.4 million people are at risk of losing their jobs - 2.5 million in the tourism sector.