Ande Aditya

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Give a Shape to Ideas of Startups in the Country of Tourism – Thailand

Give a Shape to Ideas of Startups in the Country of Tourism – Thailand

Thailand is one of the major tourism hubs not only in Southeast Asia but in the world. Some of the significant places which attract a massive number of tourists are Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Koh Samui, and Krabi Province. The industry creates ample business opportunities in this country. Travel tech and other startups are booming in the current decade due to both reasons- the vast tourism industry itself and the effort and conducive environment made by the government.

Tourism in Thailand

In terms of GDP- The travel and tourism industry is playing the most significant role in the economy of Thailand. As per the NationalEconomic and Social Development Council (NESDC, formerly known asNESDB)tourism industry of the country accounted for approximately one-fifth (approx. 18.4%) of GDP in the year 2019. The increase in the tourism industry in contribution to GDP is almost one-third in comparison to the last four years.

In terms of foreign visitors- The number of international travellers in the country in the year 2019 was approximately 39.8 million. If you compare this figure with the beginning of the twenty-first century, i.e., 2001, then the increase is 400 per cent.

This is huge. The rise in the number of visitors in Thailand is continuous, with few exceptions in 2009 and 2014. So, there are ample opportunities there if you wish to have startups in the travel and tourism industry.

In terms of ChineseVisitors- One more important you should do more about at this stage- Chinese visitors constitute the most. As per data from 2019, the total number of Chinese visitors was 10.99 million, which was approx. Twenty-eight per cent of the total visitors in Thailand? So, if you want to start a business or startup related to travel and tourism, you can keep Chinese visitors at the centre of your ideas.

In terms of Revenue- In 2019, the tourism industry of Thailand has generated 3.06 trillion baht, out of which 1.96 trillion baht (4% up in comparison to last year) from international travellers and 1.1 trillion baht (1% up from the previous year) from domestic trips.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is expecting revenue of 3.18 trillion baht (105 billion US dollars) from the tourism industry in 2020. TAT expects a positive surge of travellers from Malaysia, the Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia, CLMV countries (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Vietnam), India, Spain, the US, Israel, and Eastern Europe. These things will be more helpful for the tourism industry after stability in the market of China, the Middle East, Singapore, and other countries.

Therefore terms of starting businesses and startups related to the tourism industry seem promising and have enormous growth shortly. If you have ideas, you can convert them into business by keeping the above data in your mind.

Assistance By Government For Startups

The government of Thailand understands the importance of tourism for the economy and sustainable growth of the country. They create a conducive environment for entrepreneurs to start a business in the industry. The ease of doing business is not only for citizens of the country but for foreign investors too.

There is a significant shift in the industry of Thailand from manufacturing and heavy industries to a value-based economy. The government vision ‘Thailand 4.0’ – 20 years plan which aims to make a country out of the middle-income trap. By this vision, the government supports startups to flourish in every possible way.

TCG Credit Guarantee Program

TCG stands for Thai Credit Guarantee Corporation, a financial institution under the Ministry of Finance, Government of Thailand. This institution doesn’t provide credit to startups, but its incentives encourage other financial institutions to offer a greater amount of credit to startups as well as SMEs. In the fiscal year 2019-2020, the ministry of finance approved 8 billion baht got credit to startups under this scheme with a credit guarantee period of up to 10 years. Below is the distribution of credit.

  • If you are an Entrepreneur or have startups or SMEs, you can get 5 million baht loans under this scheme.
  • It goes up to 10 million baht for juristic Entrepreneurs, startups, and SMEs.
  • If you are an individual with innovative ideas, you can get 10 million baht.
  • And 40 million baht for juristic individuals with innovations.

The last date for submission of the application is the 25th of February 2021.


This program is operated by the National Innovation Agency (NIA), a public organization under the Ministry of Science and Technology. The organization is primarily responsible for creating an innovation ecosystem in the country with the help of other organizations in several fields such as technology, academia, finance, investment, and industry.

The credit system under this organization has been categorized into two groups- Thematic Innovation and Open Innovation. The travel and tourism-related startups are falling under the category of Thematic Innovation. If you are an entrepreneur or planning to start SMEs or startups of travel-related, you can get financial assistance of up to 5 million baht with specific terms and conditions, as highlighted below.

  • SMEs defined by the Ministry of Industry are eligible to get assistance.
  • This assistance is only for the juristic person registered in Thailand and 51 per cent of the share capital held by a Thai national.
  • Any other organization shall not support the project for which you are going to seek help under this program.
  • Those who have bankrupt earlier, as per the judgment of the civil court, or were convicted in any criminal cases, are not eligible to apply under this program.

Major Field for Startups in the Tourism Industry

You can have any innovative ideas which you can transform into the form of business or startups. In this era of technology, you can start travel tech or any other related startup. Here are some significant fields.

  • Travel- Travel Agency, Transportation.
  • Lodging- Hotel, Resorts, Motels, conference centres, casinos, etc. you can also act as a mediator to reach the people at the lodging place.
  • Food and Beverage
  • Retail Store
  • Entertainment and activities.

To ignite his passion for travel, Ande was instrumental in a travel startup called Travel Motivations from the ground up and still manages the business as an investor/advisor. 

Please read more about Ande’s thought leadership on Future Businesses and the top 10 technologies that would prevail in our future times. 

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As a Startup Specialist and the founder of Aditya Group, Thailand, Ande Aditya is often hired as a Business Advisor to assist business owners to execute their vision.

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