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Incentives offered to foreign filmmakers

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Mae Chaem rice terrace in Chiang Mai is a location recommended by the Thailand Film Office. (Photo © Thailand Film Office)

The revenue from foreign film production in Thailand has doubled during the first four months of this year.

According to the Department of Tourism director-general Anant Wongbenjarat, the film industry welcomed 31 international crew teams from January to April this year, down 75% from the same period of last year when 123 production teams chose Thailand for their shooting locations.

However, the revenue sharply increased from 589.12 million baht last year to over 1.2 billion baht, or up 105%. Earnings for the first four months of this year were about 69% of total revenue generated from filming during the entire period of last year (about 1.7 billion baht).

International film crews have been a major source of income for the tourism industry after the Covid-19 pandemic halted most international tourists. The department aims to earn up to 3 billion baht from international film crews in 2021.

To achieve the goal, the department plans to add more incentives for film productions such as introducing quarantine zones and offering more discounts to teams that spend more than 100 million baht in the country.

At present, the government offers incentives to international crews who shoot feature films, TV/mini-series, short films, reality shows, music videos or documentaries, excluding television commercials. The offers include a 15% tax rebate if a crew team spends more than 50 million baht while filming in the country. The budget must be spent only on Thai registered businesses and/or other local services and individuals.

Another 3% incentive will be provided to foreign productions that hire locals as crew members or lead/supporting casts and the other 2% can be provided to productions that reflect a positive image on Thai culture and locations.

From 2017-2019, the Tourism Department provided about 235 million baht in tax refunds to foreign film productions.

TAT partners offer special deals

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) will roll out the “Amazing Thailand Grand Sale 2021” from July 15 to Sept 15 to stimulate the economy.

According to TAT governor Yuthasak Supasorn, the authority will partner with shopping malls, airlines, banks, credit card companies, online shopping platforms and other tourism-related operators with special offers. The campaign will be available in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chon Buri, Phuket and Hat Yai.

In addition, TAT will launch “Amazing Flash Sale”, “Live Shopping” and “Expat Amazing Week” online activities via Facebook: Amazing Thailand Grand Sale 2021.

TAT also invites interested merchants to join the campaign until the end of this month.

Visit amazingthailandgrandsale.com or contact Line Official: @ATGSmerchant.

Travellers seek cleaner ways

Over-tourism and its impact on the environment is the top concern of travellers, according to the Agoda Sustainable Travel Trends survey.

Conducted among 18,327 participants, the survey found that tourists worried about polluted beaches and waterways, deforestation caused by tourism, energy inefficiencies and single-use plastics in accommodation.

Respondents believe governments (26%) are the most accountable organisation for making positive environmental changes around the travel industry, followed by tourism authorities (23%), individuals (20%), tour operators (9%) and hotel/accommodation providers (8%).

To help make the world greener, survey participants said they hoped to better manage their waste while travelling by reducing the single-use plastics, switching off air-con and lights when leaving rooms and by looking for eco-friendly accommodation.


HOTEL DEALS & UPDATE

– Four Points by Sheraton Phuket Patong Beach Resort has launched a “Summer Dreaming in Phuket” package.

Room rates start from 3,350 baht and that includes daily breakfast, daily resorts credit at 1,000 baht net per room to be used on room upgrades or food and beverage. Booking is available until Aug 31 for stays now until March 31, 2022.

Visit marriott.com/hotels/travel/hktfp-four-points-phuket-patong-beach-resort.

– Wyndham Grand Nai Harn Beach Phuket has launched the Soft Opening package to offer 24% discounts.

Prices start from 1,190 baht a night in a Deluxe Pool View room to 2,850 baht a night in a Deluxe Pool Access room.

Visit wyndhamhotels.com.


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