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Phuket eyes October 1 as launch date for “Safe and Sealed” tourism plan

Maya Taylor

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The Tourism and Sports Minister, Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, says his ministry hopes to kick-start a careful and limited re-opening to international tourism from October 1, beginning with the southern province of Phuket. According to a report in the Bangkok Post, Phiphat’s ministry will meet with the Public Health, Interior, Foreign and Transport ministries on August 27 to discuss the introduction of the “Safe and Sealed” campaign. The campaign aims to revive tourism from international provinces or cities considered “low-risk” for Covid-19.

One suggestion being considered is to reserve 1 or 2 kilometres of beach near state quarantine locations, in places like Patong, where tourists would be able to leave their accommodation to spend time at the beach while still observing the mandatory 14 day quarantine requirement.

If the plan is agreed, it will be presented to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration for final approval. Members of the CCSA visited Phuket last week to discuss the province’s readiness for re-opening, and it’s understood the Tourism and Sports Ministry plans to work with the Tourism Authority of Thailand to carry out a follow-up survey seeking the views of locals.

Phiphat says the plan for Phuket has been positively received by Energy Minister, Supattanapong Punmeechaow, who heads up the economic policy team. He adds that he has also talked with Finance Minister, Predee Daochai, about a proposed 100-billion-baht cash injection for the tourism sector, but this needs further discussion with PM Prayut Chan-o-cha and economic advisers. Phiphat says his ministry plans to review the success of the domestic travel stimulus campaign prior to deciding next steps. It’s expected that more than 1 million hotel rooms will have been redeemed under the scheme, out of more than 5 million eligible rooms. TAT is also working on a campaign to increase the number of trips taken during the long weekend of September 4 to 7, which replaces the April Songkran holiday.

Meanwhile, tourism operators in the northern provinces of Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai are working together to promote their regions for long-stay visitors. Kitti Tissakul, from the Association of Northern Tourism Federation in Chiang Rai province, is calling on the government to help foster a stronger connection with sister cities such as Gunma in Japan, by introducing direct flights or travel bubbles to boost tourism between the two.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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    TS

    Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 10:59 am

    Already massive queues for the “safe & sealed” campaign are forming in low risk areas

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    rinky stingpiece

    Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 1:44 pm

    Why not just assign some smaller islands as quarantine holiday islands? People don’t just go for the beaches, they go for the experience, and the current experience on offer – long haul flights with a mask on and everyone in biohazard suits and restricted travel is not a thing most people will be keen to hand over cash for… they can find beaches closer to home with a lot less hassle.

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      Toby Andrews

      Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 3:40 pm

      Wow tourists are now to be allowed to leave their overpriced, for foreigners, quarantine hotels and also be in quarantine on a beach!
      But the plan is not approved yet, so please tourists do not go rushing to book a flight to Thailand yet.
      They really have a deluded sense of their how important Thailand is.

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        TS

        Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 7:52 pm

        long queues already forming in safe zones to come quarantine in Thailand?…safe and sealed- brilliant plan

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    Perceville Smithers

    Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 2:02 pm

    it’s something different every other day. the policy/procedures might change mid-flight then once you get there, you’ll be confined to your hotel the entire time.

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    thet

    Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 4:18 pm

    But foreigners, who are already here, are being pushed out as we cannot do visa runs anymore.

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    Bobby m

    Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 3:58 am

    Confined to an island, thanks but no thanks.

    What on earth are you trying to achieve. Do you not realise the likelihood is that thousands of Thais from all over the country will flock to Phuket to try and make money, Phuket accommodation prices will go through the roof and if there is an infection. It will have the same effect as not confining visitors to one area as it will be spread across Thailand by all the nationals going home to their villages, unsuccessful in achieving their goals due to an overkill situation anyway.

    Pointless exercise. Open the borders and utilise track and trace with local control of any outbreaks.

    Entry conditions simple, just have to have Covid healthcare insurance. It is available.

    Test 72 hours before travelling pointless, as it does not mean you are clear of Covid
    Test on arrival pointless, As it does not mean you are clear of Covid
    Temperature check has some value as shows you are possibly sick on arrival and must quarantine (at a welcoming and sensible price)

    Standard 14 day quarantine nobody will come.

    If you want us to come back, you need to get real.

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      Bobby m

      Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 2:35 pm

      Addendum

      See what happens when you accept it’s not going away and you start to manage it along with your economy.

      Pound Sterling Best Performer of Past Month, and it’s Not Just a Story of Dollar and Euro Weakness

      19 August, 2020 |
      The British Pound is the best performing major currency of the past day, and now the past month courtesy of a rout of the U.S. Dollar, but also because of a potential fundamental re-evaluation of the currency by the global investor community.

      Note the global investment comment.

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    Shane

    Friday, August 21, 2020 at 5:34 pm

    Who comes up with these brilliant marketing slogans? ‘Sealed’ (for me anyhow) immediately has a connotation of quarantine, being locked up. I assume they started with the phrase ‘safe and sound’ but decided to ‘improve’ it. Why not ‘safe and sealed and supervised’, that’s an honest slogan.

    Shane.

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    mark

    Friday, August 21, 2020 at 9:10 pm

    “still observing the mandatory 14 day quarantine requirement.”

    Go fuck yourself

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    Bobby J

    Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 10:39 am

    Just imagine people flocking in droves to a country on holiday to be whisked away from the airport by the authorities and taken to an island where they’ll be detained by the government. Oh joy! Such a strategy has been the norm in North Korea for quite some time, and that’s likely one of the reasons why it’s not a very popular tourist destination.

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    Nigel

    Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 7:51 pm

    Shane- safe, supervised, sealed and s..t faced. So many more “s” could be added to the slogan

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