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Health Ministry teams up with Agoda to offer quarantine hotel packages

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Anyone planning a visit or a return to Thailand can now book their quarantine stay through Agoda, following a deal between the Public Health Ministry and the hotel booking platform. Deputy Public Health Minister Satit Pitutecha announced the agreement yesterday, at a launch event at the Mövenpick Hotel BDMS Wellness Resort in Bangkok, in the company of Tares Krassanairawiwong from the Department of Health Service Support, and Agoda CEO, John Brown.

Agoda was founded in Phuket, Thailand in 1998 but now has its head offices in Singapore.

Sathit says 37 hotels offering alternative state quarantine and alternative local state quarantine have already joined the first phase of the scheme. And, with the possibility of the quarantine period being reduced from 14 days to 10 for some arrivals, he’s urging more properties to sign up.

“Thailand has a better track record in virus containment, but as long as other countries are still facing the spread of the virus, preventive measures, including quarantine under the ministry’s supervision, remain necessary and that means more ASQ facilities as well.”

The Agoda booking platform allows people coming to Thailand to choose and book their quarantine package and is available in 39 languages with around-the-clock support. Brown has thanked the Health Ministry for the initiative, saying it will prove helpful for those planning to visit or return to the Kingdom.

Meanwhile, Tares says Thailand’s 113 ASQ-approved hotels are expected to attract around 30,000 tourists and generate over 1 billion baht for the economy.

Booking.com now also has some ASQ hotels in its inventory.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand | Bangkok Post

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    EdwardV

    Saturday, November 28, 2020 at 1:37 pm

    “ attract around 30,000 tourists ” – Not that it really matters but I wonder over what time frame? Regardless clearly Thailand is determined to lower the quarantine to 10 days. No doubt they will get bump when and if it passes (Third time is a charm?). However I don’t think in the long run it will lead to much more than a small increase in monthly arrivals. Ten days is still too long for most travelers. Most being the 30 day or less variety.

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      Asbjorn Rasch

      Saturday, November 28, 2020 at 4:21 pm

      :But only married cupels is allowed to stay in together, not smart if you want people come and use money in Thailand!

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      Jack Sombra

      Saturday, November 28, 2020 at 5:02 pm

      They never give timeframes on these numbers as they are just invented.

      And agree, cannot see many people going, “ohh the dropped the quarantine from 14(15) to 10 (11) days, lets go to Thailand”. Have a feeling attempt to reduce quarantine has lot more to do with cutting ‘free’ state quarantine costs than tourism. They really should have been cutting back free program already if not eliminating it entirely. Especially for Thais who left Thailand after borders closed. They cannot help thais here sufferings but can pay for quarantine for returning Thai tourists?

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    luca

    Saturday, November 28, 2020 at 5:11 pm

    all this is not tourism, those who agree to do 14 days of quarantine are not a tourist, at the most it can be a solution only for those who return home or come for business, real tourism will return only when the borders are reopened as before the covid , if flight and accommodation prices do not return to what they once were, not even the 40 million tourists will return in 2022

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    Mike Frenchie

    Saturday, November 28, 2020 at 7:39 pm

    Zero chance they will lower to 10 days… And million of people soon back to agriculture in Isaan…

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    Preesy Chepuce

    Saturday, November 28, 2020 at 9:48 pm

    Pointless. Better off buying lottery tickets.

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    Randy

    Saturday, November 28, 2020 at 10:37 pm

    Look. I dont need a nurse or food delivered to me. I can order myself. So I will pay you only for the room fee. Thank you very much. Face the truth. Until the quarantine has been removed . NOBODY WILL COME.

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    Patrick Kelly

    Sunday, November 29, 2020 at 1:34 am

    Tourism in Thailand is dead for the foreseeable future….these ploys are just operating on the margins. No real effect will be seen.

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    Matk

    Sunday, November 29, 2020 at 4:40 am

    Even if it is dropped to 10 days….. its still 14 days of quarrantine when you return to your home country, great holiday for tourists.

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    Leo Z

    Monday, November 30, 2020 at 12:33 am

    That’s a good move no matter how you slice it. Rates will probably be lower than the government issued list, plus it’s easier to book and pay on Agoda.

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