Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) asked Niantic Labs for more RARE Pokemon in Thailand
While Malaysia is still arguing whether Pokemon Go is ‘haram’ (illegal) or not, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) took a step further by asking for more RARE Pokemon in 12 locations in Thailand!
According to http://nwnt.prd.go.th, The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has submitted a letter to the Niantic Labs, the developer of ‘Pokemon Go’, to request that rare Pokemon be released in emerging tourist sites.
“TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn said the idea was to ask the game developers to release rare Pokemon within its 12 Hidden Gems cities, as well as during the weekdays, in hopes of spreading tourism traffic to non-peak hours, while allowing tourists to discover new and emerging tourism sites.
Yuthasak revealed that the TAT initially plans to request the release of Pokemon at nighttime in some emerging tourism locations, in order to increase overnight bookings and support local businesses. He said an initial study of the proposal should be completed the end of the month, and will focus in creating value for the local economy.
The TAT has also been in talks with True Corporation, which holds the Pokemon License in Thailand, regarding details of the game.
The 12 Hidden Gems cities that tourists can’t miss while in the Kingdom are Lampang, Phetchabun, Nan, Buriram, Loei, Samut Songkhram, Ratchaburi, Trat, Chanthaburi, Trang, Chumphon and Nakhon Si Thammarat. “
There are quite a number of tourism boards in the region had promoted their destination via Pokemon Go. For a tourism board to formally request for more rare Pokemons, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is probably the first in the world. The big question is will Niantic Labs release more RARE pokemon and is that a fee involved for this request. Nevertheless, Thailand is still a safe country to travel as the authorities have taken steps to enhance security in tourist hotspots. We are looking forward to visit Thailand again soon to catch all these RARE Pokemon. Time to catch them all!