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The Tourism Authority of Thailand unveils a ‘SEXY tourism concept’ – just don’t mention sex tourism

 

• The irreverent acronym hopes to tempt travellers back with promises of safety, environmental sustainability and yield

 

• For a country that has been trying to shed its reputation as a sex tourism destination, it is an interesting move

 

Mercedes Hutton

 

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Soi Cowboy, in Bangkok, is known for its go-go bars. Photo: SCMP / May Tse

 

Despite a distinct lack of international arrivals, tourism bodies are working overtime to ensure that when visitors from overseas can return, they will. Latest among them is the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), which has adopted an irreverent acronym to tempt travellers back – SEXY.

 

Like many acronyms, SEXY is tenuous. “To be rolled out during 2021-2022, the ‘SEXY’ tourism concept is in response to the changes in travel behaviour and TAT’s goal to restore Thailand’s tourism: S – Safety and Hygiene, E – Environmental Sustainability, X – Extra Experiences, and Y – Yield,” states the TAT website.

 

We don’t know about you, but we’re beginning to feel pretty hot under the collar. After all, nothing turns tourists on more than “yield”, right? According to TAT governor Yuthasak Supasorn, “this ‘SEXY’ tourism concept [...] will help restore travellers’ confidence, while driving recovery for both the Thai economy and the tourism industry to make a comeback stronger than ever”.

 

Full story: https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/travel/article/3121928/tourism-authority-thailand-unveils-sexy-tourism

 

 

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At the moment its a new concept every week, soon they will be daily and none will go forward.  Maybe they're just bored?

 

Just one thing negating all of these proposals, announcements, concepts etc.

 

QUARANTINE!

 

Somebody tell them please!

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16 minutes ago, webfact said:

which has adopted an irreverent acronym to tempt travelers back – SEXY.

Of all the marketing ideas in the world to lure back tourists they have gone with the one that says, 'come hither boy, we are are sexy and we are open and read here to serve you'... and than to say that ' has nothing to do with sex'...

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4 minutes ago, Boomer6969 said:

Are the guys becoming aware of the fact that besides S.S.S Thailand has F... all to offer?

Two things they did get right, one was a feed, the other started with the same letter of the alphabet!

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2 minutes ago, Geoffggi said:

To my way of thinking all this shows is Thailand is open to conning or misleading people into making wrong choices for their holiday plans .......

Families will love the concept, great for the kids! 🤔

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2 hours ago, KhaoYai said:

At the moment its a new concept every week, soon they will be daily and none will go forward.  Maybe they're just bored?

 

Just one thing negating all of these proposals, announcements, concepts etc.

 

QUARANTINE!

 

Somebody tell them please!

depends where the quarantine takes place, a government run brothel with booze, girls and music might make it seem positively attractive.

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Just dont mention sex tourism,:cheesy: Why?

Almost all farang males who come here come for the sex tourism.🤪

Now we will hear the .... Oh no not me i came for the culture/ scenery brigade.🙉

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Just now, colinneil said:

Just dont mention sex tourism,:cheesy: Why?

Almost all farang males who come here come for the sex tourism.🤪

Now we will hear the .... Oh no not me a came for the culture/ scenery brigade.🙉

The temples and the food! :thumbsup: Oh, and the quaint culture! :jap:

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1 minute ago, colinneil said:

Just dont mention sex tourism,:cheesy: Why?

Almost all farang males who come here come for the sex tourism.🤪

Now we will hear the .... Oh no not me i came for the culture/ scenery brigade.🙉


You’re exaggerating most Russians come for the sun , Chinese for the shirmp buffet restaurants and the British folks for the alchohol.

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7 minutes ago, Destiny1990 said:

Yup we are in certain areas either sexy or hansum men. Its an old concept don’t know why they need to be doing sneaky about it.

Tourists don't come for disillusioned "hamsom" foreign men, it's the Thai sex they come for! Oh, and the temples! :thumbsup:

 

 

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5 hours ago, webfact said:

The Tourism Authority of Thailand unveils a ‘SEXY tourism concept’ – just don’t mention sex tourism

That's all they can offer?

So sad.

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3 hours ago, colinneil said:

Just dont mention sex tourism,:cheesy: Why?

Almost all farang males who come here come for the sex tourism.🤪

Now we will hear the .... Oh no not me i came for the culture/ scenery brigade.🙉

Yup. 

 

Farangs come for sex. 

 

Chinese come for wives. 

 

Same same but different kap. 

 

We all know what Thailand has to offer. 

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'Maybe they're just bored?'

 

More likely just trying to justify their cushy jobs? From 40 million tourists a year to almost none, in one year. Hopefully the staff levels have been reduced by now! 

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