Thailand companions with Tinder for ‘singles journeys’
(CNN) – Summer outings have long been a happy, casual perk of travel.
However, the Thai Tourism Authority is working with the dating app Tinder to offer tour packages specifically for matchmaking purposes.
Although Thailand’s borders are technically open to foreign tourists – at least those willing to quarantine in a hotel room for two weeks and pay for a visa application – the “Single Journey” initiative is aimed at locals to encourage native residents Travel.The Thai Tourism Authority (TAT), the country’s official travel agency, is planning nine itineraries across the country, starting with three pilot trips. The first, which will take place on December 20th, is a cruise along the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok for up to 100 singletons.
The one-day experience includes sightseeing, dinner, and a lecture from a Feng Shui expert who “gives tips on how to worship the Buddha and ask for blessings,” which all speech-bound data should give something to talk about.
The other two pilot experiences are a beach party and concert in Phuket and a train ride to Pa Sak Jolasid Dam in Lopburi, both in January 2021 and for up to 50 people each. Bookings will be open from December 15th and can be made through the Sneaksdeal website (in Thai).
“The ‘Single Travel Route’ is aimed at single travelers who prefer to travel alone to different destinations in Thailand,” said TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn in a press release.
The “Single Journey” initiative is just the latest idea to boost domestic tourism amid the coronavirus pandemic. In November, Thai Airways – the parent company of Thai Smile – held a one-time “flight to nowhere” departing from Bangkok and returning to Bangkok, flying over 99 holy Buddhist sites across the country. Elsewhere, Taiwan’s EVA Airlines had a similar idea. The “Love is in the Air” campaign has planned three flights – on Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Years – with speed dating on board, followed by a romantic afternoon tea or a candlelit dinner on firm ground.
Just one question: if a couple makes love on one of these trips, will the tourism authority sponsor their future honeymoon as well?