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As news comes of the cabinet approving a special long-term tourist visa scheme, hoteliers are remaining skeptical about reopening due to the lack of clarity in the recent announcement, which will reportedly take effect next month. The president of the Thai Hotels Association’s southern chapter says more hoteliers will consider reopening if the government gives further information about the plan in terms of prospective markets, arrival dates, origin countries, and flights.

Such details would allow hotels to prepare themselves ahead of time to offer services as alternative state quarantine premises as at least 60 hotels in Phuket are awaiting approval to operate as such a facility.

Around 90 percent of Phuket hotels reportedly remain closed and are revising their plans on a monthly basis to ensure any future income will not fall behind operation costs. In Chon Buri, the Tourism Council says only half of the 200 registered hotels have reopened, with up to 20 hotels applying for ASQ certification.

Another issue keeps hoteliers on standby as most international flights are currently only operating at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport, giving foreigners entering Thailand limited options for undergoing a state quarantine. Apart from landing in the country’s capital, tourism-related agencies also have to find appropriate marketing campaigns that would target visitors willing to comply with the 14-day mandatory quarantine requirements upon arrival.

Areas outside of Bangkok will need special transportation allowances set up for those entering through Suvarnabhumi to be transferred to their end destinations without being exposed to large groups of people.

Otherwise, as seen in the North with only 30% of hotels having reopened-some with only a 10% occupancy rate, hoteliers await further details of the scheme which is reportedly set to run between October 2020 to November 2021.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    Mike frenchie

    Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 6:46 pm

    This plan is a non sense. Few retired guys and then it is over… Who will ship 2000 billion to keep the tourism industry alive (what foreigners were spending)? Nobody… Prepare for banks ‘pretending and extending loans’ until the system cannot hide its lies.

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    Harsh vardhan saraf

    Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 6:48 pm

    Please allow indian also ,please think about indian

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    EdwardV

    Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 7:11 pm

    Not surprised the hotels are skeptical, I would be too in their shoes. With only 1,200 tourists per month scattered all over Thailand what hotel in their right mind would open? They might. Get a couple , they might get none. Either way those are bottle odds. At least as a quarantine hotel they have more certainty. Regardless the hotels have to know the scheme is designed to fail the industry as a whole. No one is going to makes a living at only 1,200 tourist a month. The numbers are so low as to be insulting to the industry. On a side note Hawaii is opening on October 15 with only a pre travel test, no quarantine. Options , it’s all about options …

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    Jen Sen

    Friday, September 18, 2020 at 7:17 am

    I wish the Thais well. It would be nice if the Thai government better treated the expats who are already here. Remember: a happy farang spends more.

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    TS

    Friday, September 18, 2020 at 8:04 am

    Don’t forget, the low paid staff of these select hotels will probably need to commit to quarantining as well as the thousands of guests comming here for a minimum of 90 days. What a joke-‘cept no one’s laughing.

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    Patrick Kelly

    Sunday, November 15, 2020 at 11:58 pm

    When will Thailand open up to tourism? When there is extremely limited possibility of COVID transmission.
    That’s 2022 most likely. By then the economy will be in shambles.

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