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Thailand announces reopening rules for tourism reboot

Thailand announced rules on Friday for its quarantine-free reopening to visitors from 45 countries, in an effort to revive an economy struggling to recover from the collapse of its vital tourism sector.Thailand, one of the Asia-Pacific’s most popular tourist destinations, has for the past 18 ...

Govt targets B882bn in local tourism revenue next year

The government aims to generate at least 882 billion baht in domestic tourism revenue next year from government measures to revive the struggling sector after a major slump in foreign arrivals.The economy suffered its deepest fall in more than two decades last year, with the ...

Sandbox now open to everyone

Fully vaccinated travellers from “any country in the world” can now book holidays in Phuket and other provinces taking part in the sandbox scheme, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) says.The change will allow previously excluded Indonesians and Malaysians, among many others, to travel to ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

Confidence index in Thai tourism sector drops to lowest point in Q3

The confidence index of tourism businesses hit the lowest point in the third quarter of this year, with more than 3 million people in the industry reportedly unemployed, the Tourism Council of Thailand (TCT) said.Astudy conducted by the TCT, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) ...

The Nation Reporter

Why Thailand’s tourism sandbox programmes failed

Nearly three months ago, Thailand launched its pilot programme to reopen selected destinations to vaccinated foreign tourists without quarantine.The trial reopening began in Phuket on July 1, followed by three resort islands of Surat Thani on July 15.Under the “Phuket Sandbox” programme, foreigners who can ...

The Nation Reporter

TAT told to propose plan on reopening five provinces to CCSA on Sept 23

The Tourism and Sports Ministry has told the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) to propose the plan on reopening five provinces to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration on September 23, Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn said on Saturday.Under the plan, five provinces — Bangkok, Chonburi (Pattaya, ...

The Nation Reporter

Hotel operators consider closing amid weak demand

Amid tepid tourist demand, 52% of hotel operators are considering closing temporarily, while 9% want to shut down permanently if the Covid-19 pandemic lasts longer than expected.A joint survey by the Bank of Thailand and Thai Hotels Association (THA) found that 62% of hotel operators ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

Tourism ministry sets January date to reopen

The Tourism and Sports Ministry vows to open the whole country without quarantine by January next year, but such a move largely depends on nationwide herd immunity.Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, the tourism and sports minister, said Bangkok was scheduled to reopen in October as part of the ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

Time for tourism policy rethink

Last Wednesday, residents of dark-red zone provinces made a dash to restaurants and shopping malls after lockdown restrictions were eased. For businesses like hair salons and massage shops, reopening has restored a vital lifeline after they were forced shut for nearly three months.But not everyone ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

Tourism authority tests the water with rules for 7 destinations

For the upcoming tourism high season, which usually starts in early October, the country is likely to have five destinations taking part in reopening schemes and another two joining extension programmes.Among those seven destinations, only Phuket has opened entirely to inoculated tourists, while the rest ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

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