No cash handouts will be given to tourists who contracted the coronavirus while visiting the northern province as promised earlier, a tourism business guild said Monday.
The pledge to pay 100,000 baht to any visitor who caught the virus in Chiang Mai was made in December, but the head of Chiang Mai Tourism Industry Council said today that the promotional campaign only applies to the previous cluster of infections in early December, and it is not related to the ongoing wave of outbreak.
“The campaign was rolled out in response to the case of infected Thai workers who worked at 1G1 Hotel in Myanmar and imported the virus into the country,” Phanlop Sae-chiew said. “We just wanted to build assurance to tourists back then, but the campaign doesn’t cover infections from Warm Up Cafe or any other cases.”
Warm Up was identified as one of the nightlife venues in Chiang Mai responsible for a large cluster of coronavirus infections. As of Sunday, at least 19 confirmed cases were linked to the clubs.
Warm Up Cafe was one of the business establishments who announced online in December that anyone found to have contracted the virus there would be paid 100,000 baht – and 1,000,000 baht if the infection results in death.
However, the post has since been removed, after one of its customers complained that she never received the compensation.
“I called Warm Up Cafe and they told me that it was just a PR campaign,” Shanunphat Chaowchaiyut wrote on her Facebook. “They didn’t mean to be serious. They told me that if I really want the money, I must ask the Governor. Is that how you answer your customer?”