Connect with us

Phuket

Officials brainstorm ideas to revive Phuket tourism

Maya Taylor

Published

 on 

PHOTO: Syed Ahmad on Unsplash

Government officials and business representatives on the resort island of Phuket have been busy brainstorming various proposals to revive tourism, with many calling for quarantine requirements to be waived for vaccinated foreigners. The Bangkok Post reports that Bhummikitti Raktaengam from the Phuket Tourism Association says foreign tourists who can prove they’ve been vaccinated against Covid-19 should be allowed to enter without having to undergo mandatory quarantine. He adds that vaccinating 70% of Phuket’s population should also help the island achieve herd immunity.

Bhummikitti has also suggested launching a roadshow to promote Phuket in other parts of the country, including in Bangkok, in the north-eastern province of Udon Thani, and in southern provinces such as Songkhla, Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat, Udon Thani.

Meanwhile, Thanusak Phungdet from the Phuket Chamber of Commerce thinks local restaurants could entice visitors to the island by coming up with some tantalising new dishes, while Chernporn Karnjanasaya from the Federation of Phuket Industries says more halal food should be on offer, to lure Muslim tourists from the south of the country.

Thanusak has called for public transport fares to be kept reasonable and is also suggesting that the private sector and local administration help accommodation providers on the island to offer rooms and other services at the same price.

At the meeting, Deputy Phuket governor, Pichet Panapong, acknowledged all suggestions, saying the implementation of any would have to be done effectively, including the lifting of quarantine.

“Phuket has already allowed people from other provinces in without quarantine to keep the local economy afloat, except Samut Sakhon.”

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forums
🔔 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join YouTube for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram

image

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

27 Comments

27 Comments

  1. Avatar

    B J

    Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 11:31 am

    I hope not everything is going to be halal.
    Here it is almost impossible to find cookies, biscuit, drinking water, or soft drink that is not halal.
    It means, when my wife want to serve any of this to Buddha, it is all halal.

    Praise Buddha, that He is not so intolerant like some others are

  2. Avatar

    Joe

    Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 12:09 pm

    Before lowering the public transport fares maybe you should have some right?, most areas don’t have any public transportation or it’s a converted hot open air truck with a very low roof and uncomfortable bench. Is that all they can provide after 30 years of a booming economy with many billions of dollars earned every year?

    • Avatar

      J West

      Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 12:40 pm

      I think Phuket would be a lot more attractive to locals for In-country tourism if they got rid of all the beach mafia influences. If it was a holiday destination without the obvious issues I think more families would come. Drunks falling out of bars and vomiting isn’t a good look. How about shuttle busses to and from the airport to get rid of mafia prices? The scum – drivers are gone now anyway….keep them out. Penang is a good example, free clean air con tourist busses. Clean it up and they will come. I love Phuket, I’d like to go back. I thought about going back recently only to find out about the travel subsidy scam by hotels and tourist operators. This attitude that corruption is part of the culture in the tourist business also has to stop. My 2 cents.

      • Avatar

        Joe

        Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 12:47 pm

        Yes Penang is a good example, it has good public transportation and it makes such a difference when you can go around the island easily and cheaply.

        • Avatar

          Joe

          Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 12:56 pm

          A lot of Singapore’s taxi drivers are well educated and are like guides, the government there knows that the first people tourists are likely to meet are taxi drivers and that that will be their first impression of Singapore. That’s something very different from the taxi mafia and bad public transportation in Phuket.

  3. Avatar

    Bobby B

    Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 12:57 pm

    Thai officials brainstorming, that’s either dangerous or entertaining. What will come out of this? I know, the first beach ? on planet Mars year 2030 ??

    • Avatar

      Joe

      Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 1:12 pm

      New dishes at restaurants.

  4. Avatar

    Paul

    Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 12:59 pm

    Remove quarantine and all the quality visitors will come back to enjoy inflated priced Mafia transport to and from the airport; meanwhile I don’t hear many wildlife species complaining.

    • Avatar

      Nipral

      Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 3:32 pm

      “Quality” visitors don’t need taxis. Either the have their own car & driver or they
      get transfers from their hotel.

      • Avatar

        Karena

        Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 12:07 am

        We are quality tourists as we usually stay in a Bangkok Hotel for 3 or 4 months and the transport you talk about that the Hotel orders is usually A TAXI anyway !!

  5. Avatar

    Ynwaps

    Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 1:30 pm

    Muslim tourists from the south to make up for the lost $$$$ from Chinese tourists ??

    • Avatar

      Bryan Morris

      Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 7:01 pm

      Let the bombings begin

  6. Avatar

    gigi

    Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 3:11 pm

    Of course, it is a unique opportunity for Thailand to renew itself, with the cleaning occurring due to Covid. The list would be long on what you should do to get the best out of it
    But I think it’s impossible.

  7. Avatar

    Rory Scott Dalziel

    Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 3:12 pm

    The charge for quarantine could be credited back to the tourist based on their spending could be receipts or bank withdrawal copies.15% would fair.

  8. Avatar

    JJ

    Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 3:14 pm

    It would be good start to allow airlines to bring tourists to Phuket.
    Government should make LAQS:s as cheap as possible with support.
    LASQ:s should be more attractive. Phuket has LOT empty villas..

  9. Avatar

    Dreamon

    Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 3:15 pm

    it’s a shitstorm, I see no brains here.

    • Avatar

      Nipral

      Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 3:34 pm

      Right ! As long as you entrust military… !

  10. Avatar

    Issan John

    Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 3:58 pm

    Reading what Khun Bhumikitti actually said, he did NOT say that “…foreign tourists who can prove they’ve been vaccinated against Covid-19 should be allowed to enter without having to undergo mandatory quarantine. He adds that vaccinating 70% of Phuket’s population should also help the island achieve herd immunity.”

    What he ACTUALLY said, very clearly, was that foreign tourists who can prove they’ve been vaccinated against Covid-19 should be allowed to enter without having to undergo mandatory quarantine SUBJECT TO vaccinating 70% of Phuket’s population which should also help the island achieve herd immunity.

    Very, very different.

    • Avatar

      EdwardV

      Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 7:46 pm

      A distinction without a difference. Since the tourist has to wait until Thailand is ready to open either way. They only care about whether or not there is a quarantine. After all there is no timeline mentioned and the 70% mark is talked about in the same paragraph. Most would assume they are linked as has been the case in prior articles.

      • Avatar

        Issan John

        Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 12:00 am

        There’s a massive difference.

        What he said was that it was should be a mandatory condition – that unless it was met there should be no relaxation of quarantine.

        What was reported in the BP was that it would be nice if it happened.

        If you can’t see the difference maybe a three year old could explain it to you.

        • Avatar

          EdwardV

          Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 3:07 am

          No doubt you would miss my point and twist what I wrote John. As for a three year old explanation, I think I just got it.

          • Avatar

            Issan John

            Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 10:41 am

            There was no “point” to miss, Ed V.

    • Avatar

      James R

      Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 2:42 am

      Issan John

      It does not matter what anyone says re plans to open up.

      Thailand including Phuket will not get to a 70% level for a year or two, in that period we in the West will have been vaccinated and by choice we will not want to go to Places like Thailand as due to your inefficient ways re vaccination there is a chance the version of the virus there will have mutated meaning we are not protected against it.

      So the only plan Thailand should make is to vaccinate its own people but as it does not have any vaccines and is not going to get any substantial amounts soon then forget all the silly tourists plans, you have no choice in any plan which will attract tourists.

      • Avatar

        Issan John

        Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 12:25 pm

        I agree, James R, agree 100%, but “so what”?

        The only problem here is the recession, and that’s for others to address.

        While Thailand’s closed to tourists they’ll have to find somewhere else to go, but few will – either because of ongoing reticence to travel or because of the global recession.

        The numbers going elsewhere now make that pretty clear.

        When Thailand re-opens they’ll return, as the “culture, people and natural beauty of the country” will be unchanged, as will the infrastructure, and while some bars and restaurants will have closed others will replace them.

        This is all about the “old guard” justifying themselves.

        Tourism won’t need jump starting – that isn’t the issue, it’s a solution looking for a problem that doesn’t exist.

        Instead of trying to find ways to go back to “the old days” to justify themselves these people should be looking at how to improve things – infrastructure, transport, boat safety, life guards, guides, tourist information – they should make it an opportunity to improve, to move on, not a time to hibernate and move backwards.

        • Avatar

          James R

          Friday, February 12, 2021 at 12:34 am

          Issan John

          Thailand does not have the money to do what you say, not immediately anyway.

          If people are not willing to travel to an unvaccinated country then there will be very few foreign tourists.

          Many people have lost someone to the virus in the West, they will not be willing to risk themselves or their families by going to countries which are not vaccinated due to the possibility of a virus mutation which they could catch even if they have been vaccinated.

          As we can see Thailand is far behind in the race for the vaccine, it will not be solved for at least a year or more.

  11. Avatar

    Jim kelly

    Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 9:45 pm

    YAWWWwwwwwwwnnnnnn! ZZZzzzzzzzzzz! wake me up in a few year’s time when these imbeciles stop believing these’s a Magic Lamp with a Genie in it!!

  12. Avatar

    Social Observer

    Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 9:17 am

    How about making the bar girls and go-go dancers wear full bio-hazard suits. This will put the tourists at ease about getting infected. Hee hee hee….

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

A seasoned writer, with a degree in Creative Writing. Over ten years' experience in producing blog and magazine articles, news reports and website content.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Thailand3 hours ago

Covid UPDATE Saturday: 18,912 infections, news briefs

Drugs9 hours ago

Police nab 600kg heroin drug bust, year’s biggest in Northeast

Koh Samui12 hours ago

Koh Samui unaccustomed to Covid-19, many act in dismay

Sponsored2 days ago

Experience Phuket’s Islands with 5 Star Marine

Welcome back to Thailand!

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in Thailand - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages!

Thailand14 hours ago

Bangkok Airways extends flight suspension to August 11

Thailand15 hours ago

7 Jomtien Beach curfew breakers arrested

Thailand16 hours ago

Buri Ram pig stable converted into gambling den: 22 arrests follow

image
Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand17 hours ago

“Fake news” banned, Thai media say order infringes on freedoms

Phuket17 hours ago

Precarious Phuket: open internationally, closed domestically

Best of17 hours ago

Top 5 tattoo parlours Bangkok

World17 hours ago

Duterte approves lockdown measures for Manila

Best of17 hours ago

The Best Pizza in Bangkok with Delivery

Thailand17 hours ago

Thailand News Today | worker camp woes, ‘fake news’ crackdown | July 30

Best of18 hours ago

Best Premium Hotel Buffets in Bangkok

Coronavirus (Covid-19)18 hours ago

CCSA considers extending restrictions in “dark red” zones for another 14 days

Thailand18 hours ago

Fake dead bodies used in Phuket protest, police plan real investigation

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism5 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism5 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism5 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8

Trending