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Thai Hotel Association demands international tourists be allowed to return



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The Thai Hotel Association is urging the government to re-open the country to international tourists, pointing out that room occupancy is nearly zero and many smaller premises have had no choice but to close.

THA chairman, Marisa Sukosol Nunbhakdi, says the government must look at ways it can admit tourists from certain countries or cities, using marketing promotions to lure them back. She adds that with many businesses in the tourism industry unable to get bank loans, the government should organise some form of financial assistance.

Her comments come as the government is sharpening its pencil on a “Safe and Sealed” pilot project, which would allow international tourists to return to Phuket in a strictly controlled capacity. Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, the Tourism and Sports Minister, says if the plan works in Phuket, it can be rolled out to other parts of the country, including Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Ubon Ratchathani, Udon Thani and Chonburi.

Thailand’s borders have been closed to nearly all international arrivals since the start of April. Despite much talk of “travel bubbles” with countries deemed to have successfully controlled the Covid-19 virus, no such arrangements have been implemented. There has been new mutterings of possible travel bubbles with Hong and Japan in recent days although nothing concrete has been announced.

The lack of international tourists has taken a huge toll on the economy and the government is coming under increasing pressure to relax the ban on foreign arrivals.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand


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  1. Gy

    Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 1:38 pm

    Safe and Sealed is the dumbest slogan ever. Sure they have geniuses in the marketing dept…

  2. Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 1:42 pm

    You Thai hotels owners will do what you are told by the government.
    And don’t complain, or you will be arrested for waving three fingers, or shouting too loud.
    The solution to your problems are in the photograph above, the boats and the sea.
    Out you go at sunset, and never mind the rain, fish all night like your grandfathers did.
    A frugal but healthy life. It’s your place in the world now that your dictators have banned money coming into Thailand from tourists and investment.
    You know it makes sense.

  3. Perceville Smithers

    Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 1:54 pm

    Are they waiting for a vaccine then will require all arrivals to show their immunization record? Either shut tourism down until next year or open up with a plan that encourages travelers.

    Sh_ _ or get off the pot!

  4. Kern

    Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 7:48 pm

    I don’t know which genius minister or officer planning all this bulshit plans …can’t they small facts …most of travelers in SEA countries are budget travelers, you can’t expect them to spend 30 days to single island out of which 15 days in a single hotel room.
    When entire world economy is in recession mode who will be willing to spend a plush holiday in a single holiday…even better infra with better facilities discounted tour will not be enoough to pull tourist.

  5. TS

    Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 9:18 pm

    “The lack of international tourists has taken a huge toll on the economy and the government is coming under increasing pressure to relax the ban on foreign arrivals.”

    Really? Just a couple mos ago tat dumblebums and ministry experts boasted domestic travelers/tourists would make up 60-70% of international losses with the fabulous ‘incentive’ packages on offer. Guess they didn’t factor in that the average Thai is now already underwater in debt, unemployed and basically treading water- zero interest or ability to play tourist. You and your wacky safe and sealed ‘go directly to jail’ scheme. It will take years, if ever, to entice the large number of foreign visitors you’ve lost.

  6. Cooley High

    Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 9:27 pm

    Its a very simple solution. Require travelers to Thailand to take two COVID-19 (PCR-Certified)test within 10 to 14 days of traveling to Thailand. The second test must be taken within 72 hours before your flight departs. Each tests must be negative for COVID-19. Upload the results of your tests, your name, passport information, flight number and other information immigration deems necessarily to Thailand Immigration.

  7. EdwardV

    Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 9:50 pm

    As long as a quarantine is required of more than 2-3 days, Thailand will never get the tourist numbers they want. Too many other counties are starting to open with a pre-test, arrival test and tracking only. Within a few months, it will be too easy to just go somewhere else. Most tourist only get 2-4 weeks of vacation, they can’t afford to spend half to all of it in quarantine. The term “two week millionaire” exists for a reason. The Phuket scheme is drawing from a very small and shallow pool of people. The desire to stay safe is admirable, but the free market will decide the larger outcome.

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