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Thai hoteliers want Emergency Decree to be used to speed up vaccines

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Thailand’s hoteliers are wanting the Emergency Decree to be used to speed up vaccinations to fast track the scheduled reopening of the country by July. They say PM Prayut should use the power of the decree to let companies import vaccines with the FDA helping the move by approving more vaccines at reasonable prices.

William Heinecke, founder and chairman of Minor International says the government missed the opportunity to secure a Covax vaccine-sharing scheme earlier, leaving them to only have limited amounts of Sinovac and AstraZeneca vaccines.

“The government failed to inspire the public to take the vaccine and left them with negative feelings towards the vaccine. We will lose tourism trade to Vietnam, Hong Kong and Singapore because they have more efficient vaccination programmes.”

He points towards Europe being able to recover faster than Thailand thanks to their faster vaccination programmes which feature faster administrations of the vaccines as well as higher acceptance rates. Thirayuth Chirathivat, chief executive of Centara Hotels and Resorts, also says the government needs to establish a solid vaccination plan that is carried out efficiently. He says there also needs to be a better plan in place to bring back tourists.

He says tourists looking to enter Thailand could be put off from choosing to come if they have to do loads of paperwork instead of just using a digitalised method to prove they have been inoculated. It is no secret that Thailand loves paperwork, with critics saying the process could be slowed if it is not digitised.

“We have to compete with other countries to attract tourism as everyone has been beaten to zero.”

Marisa Sukosol Nunbhakdi, president of the Thai Hotels Association is also pushing for a July reopening as she says the reopening scheme in October is not soon enough for hoteliers as 50% of hotel workers have lost their jobs.

Thailand has reported that it is starting human trials of its domestically-developed vaccine, but says it won’t be until next year that the vaccine can be rolled out.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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    luca

    Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 7:50 pm

    it seems that Thai hoteliers understand better than the rulers how things are, without vaccinations the borders will not reopen nor the tourists will come if there will be quarantine and an endless series of documents, plus the nations that are vaccinating seem to want to ban tourism trips to places where there are no vaccinations, I believe that international tourism in Thailand will only be able to resume in mid-2022

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    toby andrews

    Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 10:39 pm

    I am suspicious that there is some racket in place here.
    Are they holding back the vaccines, and skimming them to sell to the hospitals, where they will sell them at a big price?
    No outrage is too low for a Thai to make money.

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    James R

    Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 5:59 am

    toby

    No scam, but they can not hand out vaccinations they do not have yet, they were just too slow ordering them and now there is a shortage so there will be a long long wait.

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