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The new Thai minister for tourism and sports thinks he can get Europeans and Americans back to visiting Thailand with the promise of massage and ganja.
Medical marijuana that is.
Pipat Ratchakijprakan – who took over last week – said he is well aware that less visitors are coming from Europe and the USA. So his plan is to entice them to Thailand with medical marijuana treatments while having traditional Thai massages.
He hopes that such plans will become a reality within six months to a year.
He said that there are many tourists with pro-ganja views who would come as a result.
He also said that Bhumjai Thai party policies in relation to Grab and AirBnB would be followed through.
This could see Grab being made fully legal in places like Bangkok and Phuket and other tourist areas.
Deregulation regarding AirBnB would help promote the “Homestay” market he said.
Recently Thailand has been rocked by claims from business groups in Pattaya and Phuket that tourism in June was down 30% year on year.
Western tourists such as Europeans and Americans were now seeking to go elsewhere.
Pipat recognised that the strength of the baht at 30 to a dollar was not helping tourism. He said 32 to a dollar would be better.
He said he would talk to the treasury about it.