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Since early 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic has stopped us from taking our holidays, or doing much travelling at all. But as travel restrictions ease, which destinations are coming out on top for our post-lockdown holidays? Official-esta.com has dusted off the calculator and checked the Google Search Volume data for the search terms “Flights to X” and “Holidays in X” to establish which countries have been searching for the most, based on annual global search volumes. You can view the full findings HERE.

Thailand ranked fourth in the world as the most searched for destination for your next holiday, behind Italy, The Maldives and Mexico.

With travel restrictions now starting to ease, in some parts of the world, we are starting to think about heading abroad again. Many people are now looking for the perfect destination to squeeze in a quick summer holiday, or are planning ahead for next year. Or they’re just living in hope their favourite destination will open up soon.

With a variety of locations to choose from, ranging from traditional European breaks on the Mediterranean, to long-haul holidays and a tropical beach holiday, the choices for holidays are endless. But which destinations are we looking at the most for our post-lockdown escapes?

Despite being one of the epicentres of the pandemic in Europe earlier in the year, Italy is revealed as the destination we are searching for the most when it comes to our next trip abroad, with over 1.9m (1,939,440) average annual global searches. Among those searching for holidays in Italy, more than 27,100 average monthly searches come from the United Kingdom, followed by the United States (4400 average monthly searches).

The data reveals the following top 10 countries that people are looking to travel to after lockdown…

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    Dirty Farang

    September 9, 2020 at 9:53 pm

    Bella Italia – the capitol of Pizza, Pasta and Pocketpickers. Welcome!

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      RR

      September 10, 2020 at 12:01 am

      Pickpocketers, perhaps. Which are in Italy, as well as in Thailand, and many other countries in the world.

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      barrus

      September 10, 2020 at 2:22 am

      envy is too bad for you man…

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    Perceville Smithers

    September 10, 2020 at 1:28 am

    Maldives?! You only need 3-4 days then off to somewhere else. It’s a honeymoon destination.

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    Rinky Stingpiece

    September 10, 2020 at 9:40 am

    On a well-known financial news tv station now: “Lack of Tech leaves Southeast Asia unloved by investors”. Tourism is not the answer… tech training and capacity building with foreign trainers is needed to replace the tourism jobs that are not coming back. Thailand needs diversification now.

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    Issan John

    September 10, 2020 at 9:50 am

    “Behind Italy, the Maldives and Mexico” ?

    Something seems a little wrong with these stats given the number of tourists to these three countries previously, when Italy was 5th, Mexico 8th, and the Maldives not even in the top 30, with less than a tenth of Thailand’s tourist numbers.

    Lies, damned lies, and statistics …..

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    Ray W.

    September 10, 2020 at 1:18 pm

    Low resolution thinking: Economic diversification is like good energy policy; more of all. If you are try to abandon a well established tourism sector to pursue a nebulous tech strategy you will fail across the board. We should pursue a diversification of the economy always but you don’t destroy a major sector that cross-cuts all aspect of growth to do it. Not that any of this even matters if you can’t get the damn boarders opened over an irrational fear based isolationist zero risk delusional policy – good luck getting capital, talent, or strategic leadership.

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23 Koh Samui hotels seek alternative state quarantine certification

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Nearly 2 dozen hotels and resorts in Koh Samui are seeking certification to be alternative state quarantine facilities. Talk of a potential travel bubble scheme to the island is also set for today, the Nation Thailand reports.

8 of the 23 hotels have already gone through a government check and the rest will be checked in October, according to the Thai Hotels Association Southern Chapter East Coast. If all the hotels are approved, 1,000 rooms would be available, according to the Tourism Association of Koh Samui. They expect 90% of the hotels to be approved for state quarantine and predict around 200 international tourists to be in the first wave of visitors.

The 23 hotels on the island seeking the certification are a fair distance away from the main streets and local neighbourhoods, according to the Thai Hotels Association’s president Ruengnam Chiakwang. He says the locations make it difficult for tourists to run off during their mandatory quarantine and around 1,000 surveillance cameras are installed around the island, so officials will have an eye out.

The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, or CCSA, is expected to talk with private representatives today about a travel bubble scheme to Koh Samui, according to the Nation. Past discussions of so called travel bubbles proposed foreign tourists from countries considered to be at low-risk for Covid-19 to be allowed to travel to select areas in Thailand.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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How has Thailand avoided the worst of Covid-19? – VIDEO

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We examine some of the reasons Thailand has been able to avoid the surges and 2nd waves of Covid-19. Whilst many countries are now suffering a 2nd and 3rd wave of the coronavirus, Thailand has locked itself in a bubble of its own making. Almost zero cases and any new cases coming from repatriates. Now the country has to figure out how to re-open its economy and borders, safely.

Why has Thailand, with a population greater than that of the UK, been largely spared the catastrophic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic sweeping the nation and much of the world?

Social distancing is embedded in Thai culture – Thais rarely touch when greeting, preferring the prayer-like “wai” gesture to a handshake or embrace. Could this custom be at least partly responsible for the country’s low numbers?

There have been no overwhelmed hospitals in the country’s public hospital system. No dead bodies in the streets. No social media postings from frantic doctors or nurses. The country simply acted swiftly, and with a determined force.

Thailand was quick to adopt the use of facemasks, close schools and enforce social distancing on public transport, even before declaring a national state of emergency and curfew, sealing its borders and forbidding interprovincial travel. Is that what prevented the runaway transmission of the virus here? Is there a genetic component that makes the immune systems of Thais (and others in the Mekong River region) more resistant to the virus? Or is it some combination of all these factors that have insulated this country of 69 million?

One thing’s for sure, despite an influx of foreign visitors early in the year from countries badly hit by the virus, especially China, Thailand has recorded just 3,236 cases since January, 58 deaths and achieved a 95.5% recovery rate. As of today, there have been no cases of local transmission for about 7 weeks (although there’s been a steady flow of daily single-figure infections as Thais repatriate from overseas)

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100,000 iLaw bill signatures to be verified, official tells staff to ‘hurry up’

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The parliament president says he told staff to “hurry up” the process for verifying more than 100,000 signatures supporting a new constitution amendment bill proposed by a nonprofit organisation and backed by pro-democracy activists. Activists hope the process speeds up so the bill can be scheduled on the agenda for the next parliamentary session.

The draft, proposed by Internet Law Reform Dialogue, or iLaw, was sent to parliament last week along with signatures from more than 100,000 supporters. Parliament president Chuan Leekpai says staff are working on getting all of the signatures verified and even asked staff to “hurry up.” He says they have 45 days to verify the signatures. 50,000 valid signatures are required to have the draft considered by parliament.

The activists have been demanding a rewrite of the 2017 constitution for months.One of the proposed changes would require senators and local administrators. Currently, Thailand’s Senate is hand-picked by the ruling party.

Those opposing changes to the constitution also spoke up last week. A Thai Pakdee royalist group filed a petition with 130,000 signatures saying they are against changes.

Verifying the names is a lengthy process and Chuan doesn’t know exactly how long it will take. Half of the names on the iLaw bill have received initial verification, according to parliament advisor Sukit Atthopakorn.

After initial verification, the approved names are then forwarded to the Department of Provincial Administration to make sure they are eligible voters. The last step would calling each person to confirm they signed their name in support of the bill.

6 other amendment bills introduced by other political parties are already being discussed and a committee has been step up to review the bills, according to Democrat Party spokesperson Rames Ratanachaweng. He says those discussions won’t affect the iLaw bill.

SOURCES: Bangkok Post| Nation Thailand

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