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More than half of of the 150,000 holidaymakers left stranded abroad following the collapse of British travel company Thomas Cook are now back in the UK.

The local Civil Aviation Authority says that 76,000 people have now been repatriated in the first six days of ‘Operation Matterhorn’ – Britain’s largest peacetime repatriation of its citizens.

178 year old, debt-plagued Thomas Cook, which struggled against fierce online competition for years and maintains the ongoing Brexit uncertainty for a drop in bookings, declared bankruptcy last Monday after failing to secure another bailout.

The CAA said 95% of passengers were returning on the day they were originally scheduled to return. The operation will continue until October 6, with more than 1,000 flights planned to complete the repatriation mission. Some 76 flights were scheduled yesterday returning 16,700 people back to Britain.

“After five days, Operation Matterhorn has now flown home over half of the 150,000 customers who were abroad at the time Thomas Cook stopped trading,” said CAA chief executive Richard Moriarty.

“An operation of this scale and complexity will inevitably cause some inconvenience and disruption and I would like to thank holidaymakers for bearing with us as we work around the clock to bring them back.”

The CAA said it was processing hundreds of payments to hotels hosting Thomas Cook customers to ensure they could stay on and complete their holidays. Monday’s bankruptcy followed a lengthy period of chronic financial turmoil after a disastrous series of mergers left it burdened with soaring debt, a large branch network and high costs.

SOURCE: Agence France-Presse

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Kanchanaburi governor orders all hotels in the province to close immediately

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To prevent the spread of Covid-19, the Kanchanaburi governor is issuing an order to immediately close all hotels, resorts and other accommodations, excluding those operating as local quarantine facilities. Hotels that currently have guests can continue to operate until the guests check out, but new guests are not allowed.

Kanchanaburi is a tourist destination that draws in large groups of travellers. Kanchanaburi governor Jirakiat Poomsawat says the order is imposed to limit the virus spread from other parts of the country.

Hotels that still have guests must give a list of their names to the local administration. Hotels must make sure that social distancing and disease control measures are strictly followed within the property.

Those who fail to comply with the order may be punished with 1 year in prison or a fine up to 100,000 baht or both under Section 52 of the Communicable Disease Act as well as 2 years in prison or a fine up to 40,000 baht under the Emergency Decree.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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Golf quarantine now available in 6 golf resorts

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The Tourism Ministry’s Golf Quarantine proposal has been approved by the Thai cabinet. That means foreign golfers can now stay in quarantine whilst enjoying a round of golf in 6 approved golf resorts located in Kanchanaburi, Nakhon Nayok, Phetchaburi and Chiang Mai.

Foreign golfers are now allowed to spend their 2 week quarantine 14-16 days) at any of the 6 certified golf resorts and move around in the resort environment as well as play golf instead of being isolated in a hotel room. However, golfers still need to have all of their advance arrangements for arrival and entry…

  • Visa – it should be a Single-Entry Tourist Visa (TR) or a Special Tourist Visa (STV)
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Certificate of Entry
  • Other relevant documents in line with the Thai government’s travelling regulations and restrictions.

Here’s the list of 6 government-certified golf resorts in different regions of Thailand…

Kanchanaburi, west of Bangkok.

  • Mida Golf Club
  • Evergreen Hills Golf Club
  • Blue Star Golf Course

Nakhon Nayok, northeast of Bangkok

  • Artitaya Golf & Resort

Phetchaburi, southwest of Bangkok

  • Sawang Resort and Golf Club,

Chiang Mai, north of Thailand

  • Artitaya Chiang Mai Golf & Resort

The proposal was initiated by the Ministry of Tourism to boost the battered tourism sector battered by the pandemic, including the empty golf courses.

Golf courses in Thailand is said to be the great value for money. Some now offer special quarantine packages with discounted green fees and special amenities.

SOURCE: TAT News

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Following the successful launch of Hat Yai Pass and Northeastern Pass, today, Thai Vietjet is now introducing the ‘Thailand Power Pass’ – an unlimited flight pass that allows passengers to fly on Thai Vietjet’s domestic network as often as they like within 6 or 12 months.

The passes are available in two types – a 6 months pass at 12,000 baht each and a 12 months pass at 19,000 baht each. Both are NOT inclusive of taxes, fees, surcharges, and add-ons. Vietjet’s SkyFUN members will automatically receive 5% discount when sign in and purchase.

Passengers can enjoy purchasing the passes from January 831 2021 at SkyFUN.vietjetair.com redeemable for travel from January 15 July 15 2021 (blackout period of April 10 18 2021) for the 6 months pass, and January 15 December 23 2021 (blackout period of April 10 18 2021) for the 12 months pass.

For more information, please visit SkyFUN.vietjetair.com

To further support passengers’ requests during the recent outbreak of the Covid-19, the airline also recommends passengers to (1) send email request to vz.support@viejetair.com or (2) fill E-form at https://bit.ly/2L6Yv4z or (3) contact our Line Official account at @ThaiVietjet to avoid high calls and waiting on current contact center at 020891909 at peak times. All requests will be attended to and handled as soon as possible.

Thai Vietjet is committed to providing on time scheduled flights with the highest safety complied with the standards and regulations of the relevant authorities. Vietjet also owns one of the worlds newest and most modern fleet with an average age of only 2.7 years old.

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