Tourism Council wants shutdown, relaxed lending

Tourism Council wants shutdown, relaxed lending

The Tourism Council of Thailand (TCT) has submitted a letter to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha asking for more relaxed regulations on lending from banks, and another to Bangkok governor Aswin Khwanmuang demanding an official order shutting down tourist facilities in the city. In a letter to the city governor, they asked that he shut down hotels, tour agencies and tourist bus services. They asked him to issue a temporary closure order for hotels which do not have guests. This would help reduce travel activities and comply with travel restrictions imposed earlier by the government. Five provinces have already ordered hotels to shut down. The latest were Phuket, which the governor ordered on Thursday night, and Phangnga, which demanded all hotels stop services as soon as the last batch of guests check out. In a letter addressed to the prime minister on Friday, the council pointed out three pain points that have battered operators during the pandemic and still require effective solutions. Official orders to close down all types of tourism sites caused tourism operators and related businesses such as hotels, tour agencies and tourism transport to automatically stop their operations even without an official order. Some operators have persistent non-performing loans but are still running their businesses. These operators cannot obtain the soft loans promised under the stimulus scheme, the TCT said. The council also requested their employees who regularly contribute to the Social Security Fund (SSF) receive financial support from the fund. They have been blocked from this aid because there is no official ...
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