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Thailand’s Tourism Minister urges government to revisit travel bubble idea

Maya Taylor

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Thailand’s Tourism Minister, Pipat Ratchakitprakan, is once again floating the idea of ​​”travel bubbles” with low-risk countries after the plan was initially shelved by the Civil Aviation Regulator. The original plan had been to create travel pacts with countries deemed safe from the virus, such as China, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. However, a new spike in numbers in some partner countries meant the plan was postponed.

By way of compromise, Pipat suggests a travel bubble could be created with safe cities and provinces in those countries, rather than the countries as a whole. He says domestic tourism alone is not enough, with Thailand suffering from the lack of foreign visitor revenue. He adds that he will discuss the possibility of travel bubbles with the government.

“Although we’re currently encouraging Thais to travel domestically, it’s still a difficult situation for entrepreneurs, since foreign tourists contributed 2 out of 3 trillion baht of the total revenue. We will negotiate with PM Prayut Chan-o-cha and the health ministry to permit more travel into the country. “

His suggestion comes as the government plans to grant entry to additional categories of foreigners in phase 6 of the easing of travel restrictions. Pipat says travel bubbles would initially focus on attracting what he calls “high-end” tourists, in an effort to revive Thailand’s decimated tourism industry.

“High-end travellers on a leisure trip will be allowed to come in first. We believe that they will be able to visit destinations such as Phuket, Krabi, and Koh Samui as early as September. We have already surveyed and conducted public hearings at those destinations. “

SOURCE: Khaosod English

 

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    Gary

    Friday, July 24, 2020 at 11:24 am

    Without quarantine one must assume.

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    JCBudmo

    Friday, July 24, 2020 at 6:52 pm

    The government is delusional with this focus on ‘high end’ travellers. Sure they can stay at little oasis of high end accommodation – but Thailand is not now, nor will ever be a high end country. Once they leave the gated communities of high-end accommodation, these travellers will experience pot-holes, trash, abandoned developments, soi dogs, and so on. They don’t want to see that so they will choose another country. Meanwhile those of us the Thai government want to reject accept the country ‘warts and all, and because there are so many of us we contribute more financially.

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    Kevin Martyn

    Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 11:20 am

    I fully understand many holiday resorts around Thailand have suffered since Covid 19 reared its head however I do not believe in “Travel Bubbles” as this will lead in a massive spike in Covid cases! Also I do not agree international flights should open anytime soon as you only have to look at the major issue happening now again in Spain! Of course Covid 19 was human made so we can only blame ourselves for the global mess its caused!

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