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Travellers undergoing yacht quarantine to wear wristbands to track location and monitor health



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Foreign tourists travelling to Thailand by yacht and undergoing the mandatory quarantine period onboard the vessel will be asked to wear a smart wristband to monitor their health and track their location. The Digital Economy Promotion Agency teamed up with Advanced Info Service, known as AIS, and Phuket tourism operators to launch the so-called “Digital Yacht Quarantine” programme.

Apparently, tourist disappearances aren’t that uncommon and the digital tracking wristbands will help make sure tourists are safe. Here’s what the Bangkok Post wrote:

The use of the wristband also ensures the safety of tourists as about two tourists disappear from Phuket each month while travelling and it costs 4-5 million baht to search for each person.

Along with tracking location, the smart wristbands also monitor pulse, blood pressure and body temperature. If there is an emergency, an alert will be sent to authorities.

The yacht quarantine is expected to bring in 1.8 billion baht in tourism revenue, according to the Bangkok Post. About 100 yachts set to dock in Thailand with around 300 to 500 tourists are expected to undergo the onboard quarantine.

Since restrictions were imposed last year on international travel, tourism officials have been brainstorming ways to bring in foreign travellers safely, without risking the spread of the coronavirus, to help revive tourism dependent areas. Last year, Phuket lost 320 billion baht in revenue and the number of tourists on the island dropped from 40,000 to 50,000 visitors per day to just hundreds, according to the Post.

The agency’s president and chief executive Nuttapon Nimmanphatcharin says the island province is a “magnet” tourist attraction.

“Tourism is a key sector where technology can be used to address the problem and boost travel.”

SOURCE: Bangkok Post


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  1. Ray

    Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 3:42 pm

    A wristband that registers blood pressure? I doubt it.

  2. Toby Andrews

    Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 3:55 pm

    I do not see why Phuket is becoming excited. Are these not foreign owned yachts?
    If so Phuket hotels will not be able to grab the big quarantine fees.
    All Phuket will make is yacht mooring fees, with utility services.
    Plus food and drink supplies to the yacht.
    When the quarantine ends many passenger meals will be taken on board!
    The Thais owning restaurants will be on the dockside with empty pockets and tears running down their faces.
    Tragic! ?

  3. Nipral

    Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 4:20 pm

    “Travelers undergoing yacht quarantine…” You mean the 3 of them ????????

  4. Nipral

    Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 4:27 pm

    “Apparently tourists disappearances aren’t that uncommon…” ?????
    You bet !
    ALL tourists disappeared !!!
    (and not ready to get back)

  5. EdwardV

    Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 5:06 pm

    This story is written like no yacht has shown up yet. I thought they started letting yachts dock a couple of months or more ago. Wristbands? The excuse of being worried about crewmen’s welfare seems a bit flimsy to me.

  6. Jason

    Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 5:19 pm

    Looks like the site moderator took the night off….

  7. Issan John

    Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 7:49 pm

    So the “300 to 500 tourists” are “expected to bring in 1.8 billion baht in tourism revenue” – that’s between 3.6 and 6 million baht EACH.

    … and these aren’t exactly “superyachts”, but yachts with only 3 – 5 on board.

    GAFM. ?

  8. Olga

    Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 7:56 pm

    it would be nice to microchip tourists as pets, this should be done for the safety of tourists lol

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