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Thai billionaire urges government to allow tourists to return

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The senior chairman of Thailand’s largest food and agriculture business, Charoen Pokphand Group (CP All), is appealing to the Thai government to open up the country to overseas visitors once more. The Bangkok Post reports that billionaire Dhanin Chearavanont says Thailand needs to start easing travel restrictions in a bid to restart the tourism industry.

“Thailand’s economic losses from the lockdown are estimated to be around 16 billion baht per day or almost 500 billion per month. A longer lockdown will cost us more and more. We need tourism.”

Following the country’s shut down in early March, millions have lost their jobs, either permanently or temporarily, and the tourism industry, which Thailand relies on so heavily, is amongst the hardest hit. With the number of new Covid-19 cases currently following a downward trend, Dhanin says the time to act is now.

“We can’t wait until a vaccine is developed and produced in sufficient quantity to roll out to the entire population. The economy won’t survive that long.”

He says that Thailand’s apparent success in managing the Covid-19 outbreak should be emphasised in any attempts to lure tourists back.

“The number of infections and death cases in Thailand is very low compared with other countries, even though our lock-down began later. There were also a large number of Chinese tourists in the country. This reflects the doctors and hospitals in Thailand are the best and we need to tell the world about it.”

It’s understood that Mr Dhanin is one of the Thai billionaires PM Prayut Chan-o-cha wrote to last month, seeking ideas on how best to get the economy going again.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post| Chiangrai Times

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    Beamer

    Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 3:17 pm

    I am sure like me, there are many of us in the UK waiting to return.

    It’s about making it above all safe, simple and not adding to the cost of entry.

    Arriving with a negative test certificate less than 72 hours old, doesn’t work. In most places it’s not possible to get the test yet and when that can happen it will be expensive. On top of this it can take 72 hours to get the result.

    I would suggest Antibody test on arrival. If it’s a pass and you have antibodies then you proceed.

    If it’s a fail then a test for Covid presence and Isolation whilst waiting for results. Two or three days. Although there are now machines that give multiple results in 90 mins. So the isolation could be much shorter. If the result is negative, you proceed with you plans. If positive isolation at a reasonably priced hotel near the airport..

    All entrants must have travel insurance that does not exclude Covid.

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Things are getting back to normal in Phuket. The provincial government eased disease control restrictions, allowing restaurants, bars and entertainment venues to go back to their normal operating hours – no more midnight closure order – and lifting the late-night alcohol ban.

While bars can now stay open late and serve alcohol after midnight, dancing is prohibited and venues cannot serve alcohol in containers that will be shared among groups of people.

The Phuket Communicable Disease Committee agreed to ease the restrictions yesterday and an order allowing late-night hours and alcohol sales was posted today by the Phuket’s Public Relations Department.

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