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Airbnb has said that it is looking forward to working together with Thailand’s new, post-military junta government to boost tourism and short-term accommodation in the Kingdom.

In particular, Airbnb’s Head of Public Policy for Southeast Asia Mich Goh said that he is excited by teaming up with new Tourism and Sports Minister Pipat Ratchakitprakan.

Ratchakitprakan told the media after being sworn into office that he will first and foremost prioritize short-term accommodation reform and growing tourism in secondary cities.

Goh said that he hopes the new tourism minister will reform Thailand property and accommodation laws to provide clear rules for Thai hospitality entrepreneurs using the ultra-popular Airbnb platform.

In recent times, Airbnb and tourism have exploded in secondary provinces and cities that typically see fewer visitors than Thailand’s more well-known tourist hotspots.

Goh and Ratchakiprakan believe they can work in unison to keep this trend going in the right direction in regards to Thailand’s tourism industry.

In 2018, Airbnb guests and hosts generated over 30 billion baht in direct economic impact in Thailand.

Despite a somewhat shaky legal status, Airbnb already maintains a number of partnerships with the Thai government.

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