Bangkok, 16 November, 2018 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and partners in the public and private sector are jointly launching the special year-end Amazing Thailand Grand Sale promotion with a unique “Passport Privileges” twist, targeting arrivals from short-haul markets from ASEAN, East Asia and South Asia.

H.E. Weerasak Kowsurat, Minister of Tourism and Sports (above photo, speaking), said: “This promotion the first of a series ‘special year-end gift’ from the Thai public and private sector for international visitors while helping to stimulate revenue for the locals through the boost in tourist shopping activities.

“Following this, the Immigration Bureau is planning to offer double-entry and re-entry visas for tourists, after having grant a two-month visa-on-arrival fee waiver for travellers from 20 countries,” Mr. Weerasak added.

Runs from 15 November, 2018, to 15 January, 2019, the year-end Amazing Thailand Grand Sale promotion offers extra discounts on existing promotions already available from participating department stores and shops in Bangkok. It aims at boosting tourism revenue from those who especially enjoy shopping whilst travelling to and from Thailand.

Joining the TAT in launching the special year-end promotion for tourists include the Department of Internal Trade, Revenue Department, Thai Retailers Association, Narai Intertrade Co., Ltd., and the Jewel fest club.

TAT Governor Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn said: “TAT is working with our strategic partners as well as manufacturers, leading and popular brand merchandisers, shopping malls and department stores, community malls, and credit card companies to offer “Passport Privileges” to arrivals from strategic short-haul markets.

“Of course, tourists from all other major markets also enjoy the usual incredible discounts associated with this latest Amazing Thailand Grand Sale promotion, which is an ideal time before the annual Festive Season holidays start in December,” Mr. Yuthasak said.

To get the word out, all TAT offices around ASEAN, East Asia and South Asia are arranging familiarisation trips for Key Opinion Leaders (KOLs), including bloggers, travel and shopping bloggers in their respective markets to experience first-hand the year-end Thailand shopping extravaganza using the “Passport Privileges” at participating shops, restaurants, shopping malls and department stores.

TAT is also promoting ‘sales’ of popular products favoured by tourists including handcrafted Thai textiles, cosmetics, home appliances and top Thai brands. It will also promote and create pop-up ‘shopping events’ at shopping malls and department stores that are popular with tourists.

Brochures, vouchers along with further details about the ‘Passport Privileges’ will be provided for tourists at the airports. A promotional tent card in English and Chinese is presented at the airport’s immigration counters, featuring a QR code for tourists to obtain more information on the privileges.

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