Hotels chief slams Hua Hin Recharge – urges province to open to domestic rather than foreign tourists

Downtown Hua Hin, file photo.

The Thai government’s Phase 2 reopening plans under the Hua Hin Recharge scheme has been slammed by several in the tourism industry.

Wasan Kittikul of the Western Thai Hoteliers’ Association who has responsibility for the area said he appreciated the concept.

But he said that expecting foreigners to arrive in droves on October 1st and spend 1.2 billion baht was completely unrealistic.

He suggested that the plan should focus on domestic tourism first and also open up the whole of Prachuap Khiri Khan rather than just Hua Hin.

Agreeing with that assessment was Udomsuk Nimsiang who runs Kanta Resort and used to be the head of the area’s tourism business association.

He pointed out that Hua Hin was not an island like Phuket and that the province of Prachuap Khiri Khan had much to offer in terms of all kinds of different places and tourism, reported 77kaoded.

He wanted to see not just some hotels under the SHA scheme benefit but smaller businesses too.

ASEAN NOW notes that there has been widespread criticism that the Phuket Sandbox has only benefited some large hotels and businesses and that the money from what tourists there have been has not filtered down to smaller enterprises.

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