Support scheme for tourism staff


Support scheme for tourism staff

Database for the prevention of job losses in the sector

Khao San Road, usually crowded with raving tourists, is virtually devoid of commercial activity. (Photo by Apichart Jinakul)

The Tourism Board of Thailand (TCT) aims to establish the Tourism Labor Bank’s assistance program by March for tourism workers suffering from the impact of the pandemic, as the new outbreak could result in the loss of their employment up to 2 million workers in the industry.

“The council will develop a tourism employment database that will not only shed light on the number of tourism workers in order to estimate the impact of the future crisis and propose effective measures, but will also seek ways to avoid further job losses in the tourism segment, ”said Chamnan Srisawat, president of TCT.

Unemployed tourism workers who are enrolled in the program can undergo training to upgrade and retrain in useful subjects such as online marketing and languages, with daily expenses covered, he said. .

They can also be hired temporarily for jobs in tourism companies that need more staff so they don’t have to change jobs, he said.

The government can save tourism jobs by implementing the co-payment system for a monthly salary of up to 15,000 baht, with the government subsidizing half, he said. The labor bank can provide this assistance.

The tourism confidence index for the fourth quarter of 2020, which surveyed 1,020 local tourism operators from November 11 to December 29, is 62, down from 60 in the third quarter, but down significantly from 88 in the same period from 2019.

A reading of 100 indicates that overall tourism sentiment is stable, while a reading below 100 shows a drop in confidence.

According to the survey, 1.04 million tourism workers lost their jobs last year while 3% of tourism businesses closed permanently and 10% were temporarily closed.

While 85% of businesses continued to operate, half of them cut 30-40% of their workforce.

With the new outbreak, this quarter’s index is expected to drop to 53. Operators at heavily tourism-reliant destinations like Bangkok and the Southern region showed the lowest confidence at just 37 and 39, respectively.

Mr. Chamnan said that in the first half of the year, the government must constantly introduce more inclusive tourism stimulus measures in addition to subsidies given to hotels and airlines.

Meetings and seminars organized by state agencies can help boost domestic travel in the second half of the year, he noted.

Marisa Sukosol Nunbhakdi, president of the Thai Hotels Association, said 80% of hoteliers in major destinations, such as Phuket, Koh Samui, Krabi, Phangnga and Bangkok, have temporarily closed their doors.

In addition to the co-payment system, financial relief in the form of a two-year debt repayment holiday, reduced electricity bills, and subsidized loans (such as a 60 million baht loan per hotel). with an interest rate of 2%) could play a crucial role in supporting tourism operators, she said.


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