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Hua Hin to submit October re-opening plan for government approval

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The seaside town of Hua Hin, on the Gulf of Thailand, is working on a proposal to welcome vaccinated foreign tourists from October. Krod Rojanastien, from the Thai Chamber of Commerce, says the Hua Hin Recharge campaign aims to include the resort town in the government’s re-opening plan. He says the area has already earned a reputation for wellness holidays and being a popular seaside destination just a few hours from Bangkok.

According to a Bangkok Post report, the Hua Hin Recharge campaign includes Hua Hin municipality and the district of Nong Kae, an area of around 86 square kilometres, with 182 registered hotels. Adopting similar criteria to the Phuket sandbox model, the campaign is targeting vaccinated foreigners flying into Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport or by private jet to Hua Hin airport. All international visitors would be subject to a Covid-19 test on arrival and would need to download the Thailand Plus tracing app prior to being transported to their hotel.

Krod says tourism operators are hoping to offer tour packages, as well as partnering with their counterparts in places like Phuket and Pattaya, to swap visitors once tourists have completed 7 days in Hua Hin. He says if the re-opening is approved, local operators hope to receive around 100,000 foreign visitors, primarily from countries like China, Japan, Germany, Scandinavia, and the UK. In total, these numbers should result in 1.2 billion baht in revenue.

However, as with elsewhere, everything hinges on the vaccine rollout.

“In order to achieve re-opening, inoculations in Hua Hin must start by June 1 and continue until September 30 with the number of required doses needed being 353,498.”

The Tourism and Sports Ministry has already given the Hua Hin Recharge campaign the go-ahead, on condition that people in areas such as Pran Buri and Cha-am, in the neighbouring province of Phetchaburi, are also vaccinated. The proposal will now go before a meeting of the National Tourism Policy Committee next week, before finally being submitted to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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    Toby Andrews

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 11:18 am

    Well if they are stupid enough to charge foreigners B500 for the covid test, and free for the Thais, they will lose thousands of tourists. Plus what other money making restrictions are they planning?
    So sit around in your important Thai committees deciding what the tourists have to do to come and spend money in Hua Hin, and hope.
    Hope, while you back is aching. Hope planting rice back breaking. You had it good, but you scammed tourists all that you could, so hope, hope, hope!

    lol

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    Toby Andrews

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 12:05 pm

    I hope there is work for them when they finish schooling, but there maybe only farming, fishing and picking up cans.
    Not that picking up cans is not a worthwhile occupation. It is good for the environment, and recycling, plus prevents littering.
    It will just be a pity that these students went to school for 13 years to do it, that’s all.

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    Toby Andrews

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 5:02 pm

    @Toby Andrews – Oh wrong place.

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    David Mann

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 5:02 pm

    It is a little strange how the Thai authorities present these plans to the general public. It seems to start with the mindset that we know pervades the Thai population, that foreigners are just queuing and clambering to come to Thailand. They have never seemed to understand the selling points for Thailand and that they are in an ever growing competitive market from places like Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia (to name a few). They should be presenting their plans in a much more positive light that aims to encourage and persuade tourists to come. They don’t have to reduce their standards in health checks, but they do need to tone down the language which basically seems to say: “ok foreigner, so you are desperate to come to Thailand, then you have to do A,B,C & D or else no way we will be letting you in and you will have to wait or pay much more money to us. They should present it in a much more humble way and use appropriate tone.

    For example: The Tourist Authority of Thailand is encouraged by the success of vaccination in many of our overseas markets. We aim to work with health authorities in many of our traditional markets to ensure visitors can arrive safely and be able to enjoy as much freedom as possible. We want our customers to feel welcome and be able to enjoy all that Thailand has to offer. Visitors will be encouraged and offered free Covid testing on arrival and during their stay. We look forward to welcoming everyone soon…..

    Instead we get a list of demands:
    You must have a COE
    100,000 insurance
    7?,10?,14,15 or more days hotel ASQ
    MUST Download an App
    You will be limited to designated and controlled areas
    You must pay for all your tests
    You must wear masks (we know you foreigners are a bunch of selfish people, but not on my watch)

    Strange marketing angle

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    EdwardV

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 7:49 pm

    “International visitors would be subject to a Covid-19 test on arrival” – that’s pretty much a deal killer for me. The risk of a false positive and being forced to do the first 14 days of my vacation in a Thai hospital is too great for me. Better off going somewhere else until that demand is dropped. Require me to be vaccinated check, require me to test with 72 hours of the flight check. Insurance check. Test upon arrival no go. Too many other places who don’t have that requirement. For a 3-4 week vacation it’s too much risk for the reward.

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    James

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 7:59 pm

    Even if Thailand opens in October (highly unlikely) nobody will plan a trip if the rules keep changing by the day. If they go back to 16 day quarantine for everybody, that will guarantee the end of tourism for 2021 and maybe longer.

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    Michael

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 12:17 pm

    It was inconceivable when people were saying only a few months back there wouldn’t be any meaningful tourism until 2022. Sadly I think this looks increasingly likely now. I feel very sorry for all those whose businesses will be lost forever.

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    Peter

    Friday, April 30, 2021 at 7:59 pm

    As a couple who have been visiting Thailand on an annual basis for the past 25 years, it is a tradgey to see how tourism and the millions of local Thai’s and businesses have been decimated.
    From our experience in the UK, the Thai Government needs to understand and watch very closely what can occur within weeks if a country opens it’s borders too quickly, but more importantly the Thai Government needs to have a “Plan B” to cope with a third wave, you only have to see what is occurring in India right now!!
    Both my wife and I will return next year, simply to support the people of this wonderful country.
    Stay safe 👍👍 xx

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In response to the recent Covid-19 outbreaks in Thailand prisons, the Human Rights Watch issued a statement saying Thai authorities need to take immediate steps to tackle overcrowding in prisons and release inmates that do not pose a serious risk to the public. The organisation also notes that under international human rights law, the government must provide equal and accessible health care to the inmates, adding that Thailand must act quickly to ensure the infected prisoners are properly treated.

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SOURCE: HRW

 

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