Thailand Launches Expat Travel Bonus for Hotel Stays

More than 300 hotels across the kingdom are offering additional discounts of 1,000 baht per night.

Lounging by the pool at Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort. (Photo: Minor Hotels)

While the Thai government has been offering subsidies for citizens to travel outside their home provinces to boost domestic tourism, foreign residents are also being given incentives to support the local hospitality industry. A new initiative introduced by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and the Thai Hotels Association (THA) will give expats and their families a 1,000-baht (US$32) discount for every night booked at a licensed property that is certified in line with hygiene standards drawn up by the Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration.

Participating properties include 17 Centara hotels across the country, eight of the Anantara brand’s Thai outposts, and InterContinental hotels in Bangkok, Hua Hin, Pattaya, and Koh Samui. Within the Thai capital, luxury lodgings such as Park Hyatt Bangkok, The Siam, the just-opened Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok, the Siam Kempinski Hotel, and The St. Regis Bangkok have also joined the campaign.

Over in Phuket, Banyan Tree Phuket and sister property Angsana Laguna Phuket are just two of the myriad options on the island, while other choices in the south include Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort and Koh Lanta’s Pimalai Resort & Spa.

According to a press release from the TAT and THA, prospective guests should contact the hotels directly to reserve a room with the booking code “Expat Travel Bonus” and then show a copy of their passport at check-in as proof of expat status. The promotion is valid until December 31, 2020.

THA President Marisa Sukosol Nunbhakdi said in the same statement, “I’m happy that the association can be a part of this campaign. With very limited travel from overseas, Thai hotels need all the support they can get, so there’s never been a better time for expats to help out and enjoy a great value vacation at the same time!”

More information on the Expat Travel Bonus has been published at thaihotels.org, and the full list of participating hotels can be found here.

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