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“Open the borders, safely”, Bill Heinecke, Minor International interview – VIDEO

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Bill Heinecke speaks to Bill Barnett. The two heavy-hitters of Thailand’s hotel and hospitality sector, mull over the current Covid situation and the reopening of Thailand’s borders to some form of tourism. Bill Heinecke is the Chairman and Founder of Minor International.

Bill Barnett is the Managing Director of c9hotelworks.com

Now the Thai government has approved the special long-term tourist visa scheme (STV), 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 such facilities.

 

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    Jason

    Monday, October 19, 2020 at 2:48 pm

    I have to say that I think this will go nowhere. No International Tourist is going to spend half or all of their holiday in quarantine. I do hope these gentlemen aren’t pinning their hopes on anything happening soon, the way the Thai Government is talking. The real game changer here isn’t a vaccine.. The real hope is a rapid test. The WHO (World Health Organisation) has approved a rapid test that gives a result in 15-30 minutes. The “elephant in the room” is the fact that the overwhelming majority of people, don’t have the virus! So if you can determine who has it and who doesn’t quickly, tourists in larger numbers can travel again. It takes more than that though. It takes governments talking to each other to establish mutually recognised testing methods to ensure departing tourists have been tested negative by the government of their home country and are tested on arrival by government officials on arrival. Think about it !

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      RG

      Monday, October 19, 2020 at 4:20 pm

      I must agree with you that proper testing is a must, however, one other thing is a absolute must, education of the Thais with regards to this virus. Educate on what the WHO, CDC and the ECDC have to say and their guidelines. The Thai press has the responsibility to put this information out, not just some ‘the sky is falling’ Thai doctor that’s trying to get his name in the press, or a politician like Trump.

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        Mel Burn

        Monday, October 19, 2020 at 8:36 pm

        Trump has been saying that economy comes first and the virus is not the end of the world.

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    Jason

    Monday, October 19, 2020 at 2:51 pm

    If what I have said is news to you, you should be surprised you haven’t heard this already. It should be on the front page of every news service in Thailand!

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    Thomas

    Monday, October 19, 2020 at 5:32 pm

    It is now almost November and nothing has happened. They can take this high season and forget about it. To much talk, no decision making, no balls. They forget another thing, most tourists need to isolate themselves than they come back home. I don’t know many people who can afford up to 4 weeks in quarantine just for an overseas holiday. This ship has already sunk and they still try to put more holes in it. Once again, Thailand you never stop amazing us.

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      Issan John

      Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 12:29 am

      “Once again, Thailand you never stop amazing us.”

      … and Cambodia, presumably?

      … and Vietnam …

      … and Bali …

      … and Taiwan … and Japan …

      … amazing that none want to go the way of the West … how dare they think for themselves and put their own interests above that of Western tourists …

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        Don R

        Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 10:46 am

        For Cambodia, Laos, or Myanmar, the benefits of opening to tourists would far outweigh the small risk from covid. They really oughta jump on this once in a lifetime opportunity. But I suppose people are more afraid of a tiny risk of death from covid than they are of a dramatically shorter life from poverty…

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        EdwardV

        Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 11:04 am

        John, to be fair Bali has been wanting to reopen (to put it mildly). Unfortunately it’s not up to them or otherwise they would already be open. There was an article yesterday about how they are POed at Australia because they won’t allow their citizens to travel to Bali.

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    bradlety jameson

    Monday, October 19, 2020 at 5:47 pm

    hes making sense to open the borders to the safe SE Asian countries. I don’t know why they haven’t. I think it will take a lot longer for western tourists to get in. But its a start. Judging from the way the west is going. It could use a bit stricter governments and some communism as they play games with all these lockdown levels.

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      Issan John

      Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 12:38 am

      “… he’s making sense to open the borders to the safe SE Asian countries. I don’t know why they haven’t.”

      For the very simple reason that until recently there haven’t been any “safe SE Asian countries” to open the borders to that would have made any worthwhile difference.

      China is now starting to get control of the situation, and has the numbers to make it worthwhile, but doesn’t suit either of these two hypocrites.

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    Toby Andrews

    Monday, October 19, 2020 at 6:22 pm

    I see no reason why Cambodia and Thailand cannot open the borders.
    Total case in Cambodia 283.
    280 recovered.
    No deaths.
    I think Thailand dare not because there will be a mass exit to Cambodia by the foreigners.
    I am here now, plenty of restaurants and bars open. No rules. No lock downs No hysteria.
    Beer 16 baht a draft.

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    Al

    Monday, October 19, 2020 at 7:25 pm

    The whole thing stinks to high heaven. Why not use the available tests out there that other countries are using and simply adopt them? Check out Sweden and Denmark where the levels of the so called malady are down and have been down for some time. (Never mentioned on TV or elsewhere in many countries).

    As for people being made to wear masks in a place where they keep stating that they don’t have the supposed malady actually does not exist, is beyond common logical thought. If there is no sunshine, why wear sun cream?!

    Yes, there is a virus! It’s called a “mind virus”! Perpetrated through a screen near you! ; )

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      Issan John

      Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 1:26 am

      “Why not use the available tests out there that other countries are using and simply adopt them?”

      Because, as “other countries” have realised, they’re not accurate enough?

      “Check out Sweden and Denmark where the levels of the so called malady are down and have been down for some time.”

      You mean the Sweden and Denmark that currently don’t let in any foreign visitors from outside the EU, with considerable restrictions even on some EU countries?

      The Sweden that’s had over 6,000 deaths from Covid-19 from a population of only 10 million?

      “As for people being made to wear masks in a place where they keep stating that they don’t have the supposed malady actually does not exist, is beyond common logical thought.”

      I’m not sure what planet you’re on at the moment, but I’m happy to let you know that here in Thailand they’re not.

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        Don R

        Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 9:57 am

        “The Sweden that’s had over 6,000 deaths from Covid-19 from a population of only 10 million?”

        The Swedes effectively euthanized thousands of elderly patients by giving them morphine and leaving them to die. They *could* have “saved” them, but they have philosophical differences about old age (quality vs quantity).

        Conversely, countries that implemented strict restrictions probably had several thousand excess deaths that aren’t even related to covid.

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          Issan John

          Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 3:41 pm

          …and your source for that outrageous claim is what, exactly?

          A quick google comes up with the most reliable (these things are all comparative) being an article by “Emma Newgarden … Emma is a sophomore from Staten Island, NY, majoring in Classical Studies at Seton Hall University. She is also editor of Seton Hall’s Catholic student journal and a runner on its Cross Country track team.

          Emma hopes through her writing to draw hearts and minds to the universal dignity of human life, and that the world may come to recognize this same truth and beauty in the pro-life movement. When not writing or running, Emma can be found reading old books and coming up with new baking recipes.”

          https://iycoalition.org/pandemic-prompts-euthanasia-in-sweden/

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    Issan John

    Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 1:03 am

    “… I see no reason why Cambodia and Thailand cannot open the borders …”

    Presumably you mean to each other, since having both been so successful so far both would be stupid to just open their borders without precautions now.

    Maybe because neither has much to gain.

    For Thailand, it would only mean an increased supply of Khmer looking for work as their garment and construction industries have collapsed, and Thailand has little need for extra cheap foreign labour at the moment. Few foreigners would leave Cambodia for Thailand, as Cambodia is the country of choice for kee-nok farangs on a tight budget.

    For Cambodia, there is equally little to gain as the last thing they need is an influx of kee-nok rejects from Thailand, however happy Thailand was / would be to see the back of them.

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    Franky Hilton

    Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 1:23 pm

    The two heavy-hitters of Thailand’s hotel and hospitality sector

    Yes and both with heavy vested interests in trying to talk up the prospects for the battered tourism industry in Thailand.

    Bill Barnett is notorious for it.

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    Al

    Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 4:14 pm

    John –
    Your assumptions regarding what I stated about Sweden and Denmark are flawed. I never said anything about “travelling” to those countries at all, did I?. I said that whatever they are doing there IS working. And yet other places are ignoring what they have done to bring about some sanity in a world gone mad.
    “Related illnesses? Respiratory and other such ailments? I am well aware of this because my own Father died in April this year, and yet calls made from medical sources to my Mother (twice) who asked whether or not they would like to have her husband labelled as being that he died from co-vid. No, he had been sick since last September and nothing at all to do with the dreaded malady…
    Even her, a senior citizen in her 80’s got cheesed off with the second call regarding all of this palaver. They wanted numbers John, numbers to help scare the bejeezus out of good people.
    As to the wearing of masks, I was relating to the fact that everyone in markets, shops, malls people here are wearing the dreaded muzzle/nappy/diaper because of something which is broadly trumpetly being claimed by the guv. Like I said, would you sir, wear sunscreen on a day when it’s raining/cloudy/snow?
    Am not sure what planet you’re on at the moment mate, but certainly you’re on a different “reality zone” to mine! ; )

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    R. Bancroft

    Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 2:55 am

    These two have a vested interest in the tourism sector, so they have a bias. Unfortunately, they are oblivious to the reality of what is underway outside of Thailand in the markets from where Thailand draws its tourists: Covid19 is rampaging through India, Russia, the EU and North America. The wealthy Gulf states and Northern Asia countries are dealing with outbreaks. Even China which says that it has the pandemic contained has results which suggest otherwise. These countries have travel bans or restrictive self isolation requirements that discourage foreign travel. What do they think will happen when Thailand opens its doors to everyone? These two do not understand that there are different strains of the infection and that Thailand was spared the variant now ravaging the EU and North America. If it enters Thailand, the country will have the same outcome as elsewhere. The Thai government deserves mpraise for its resolve in keeping the infection out. Now is not the time to give up. Tourism can resume in 6 months. Think of the good of the rest of the country and not a small number of wealthy people. The reality before the pandemic was that Thailand had a labour shortage. Now those jobs can be filled. This is an opportunity to invest in infrastructure and Intellectual assets. Thailand won’t sufferif a few marginal hospitality sector operations close and there is a consolidation of assets. This is an opportunity to reset and to alter the hospitality strategy.

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    HENRY HARRIS

    Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 1:47 pm

    Heinecke has made his millions (billions?) from Thailand already – is this just a greedy capitalist speaking or does he genuinely care about the tens of thousands of workers who have no jobs in his industry? There is a lot he personally could do to help, but then that may cost him some of his vast fortune, and surely no-one wants to see that happen.

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