As Thailand’s picturesque Phuket island prepares to reopen its doors to vaccinated tourists from next July, a tour group has popped up in the country offering hotel rooms for as low as $1!
The campaign, known as “One Dollar One Night,” was proposed by the Tourism Council of Thailand (TCT). Under this plan, some hotel rooms will be made available for just $1 per night.
These rooms are usually available at rates between 1,000 and 3,000 baht per night (or about $30 to $100). If the program proves successful, it could be expanded to other popular tourist destinations such as Koh Samui and Bangkok.
“Phuket will be the pilot destination by reopening in the third quarter to fully fortified foreign visitors from low-risk countries under strict rules and regulations,” said Yuthasak Supasorn, President of Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).
On his part, Chamnan Srisawat, Chairman of the Tourism Board of Thailand TCT, said Thailand has been suffering from the epidemic for 15 months, and so far, only mass tourism can save it.
To make things work, Phuket aims to vaccinate 70 percent of the island’s population before reopening its borders to international tourists.