Kata Rocks
The Phuket News Novosti Phuket Khao Phuket

Login | Create Account | Search

Ban on overseas trips to keep officials focused on home front

Ban on overseas trips to keep officials focused on home front

BANGKOK: State officials will be prohibited from travelling abroad this year in order to promote domestic meetings and incentives and strengthen consumption at home, says Deputy Prime Minister Anutin Charnvirakul.

By Bangkok Post

Friday 12 June 2020, 09:54AM

Deputy Prime Minister Anutin Charnvirakul. Photo: Bangkok Post

Deputy Prime Minister Anutin Charnvirakul. Photo: Bangkok Post

Mr Anutin, also the public health minister, said every ministry will scrap overseas meetings and seminars and make supporting the domestic economy a priority, reports the Bangkok Post.

“We will definitely not approve such trips abroad, but rather encourage officials countrywide to take interprovincial or inter-regional trips within the country,” he said.

For the private sector, the government already rolled out tax measures for Mice (meetings, incentives, conferences, exhibitions). Perks include a two-times tax deduction for corporate seminar expenses and a B20,000 voucher for domestic meetings.

Mr Anutin said the Public Health Ministry is working with the Tourism and Sports Ministry in drafting a rule to create “travel bubbles” with other countries that have successfully contained the coronavirus.

Many nations have contacted Thailand asking for a bilateral agreement to let visitors travel back-and-forth without requiring a 14-day quarantine.

The Tourism and Sports Ministry is to present the proposal on travel bubbles to the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) at today’s meeting chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.

“The idea of pairing Thailand to potential countries has been discussed with New Zealand’s ambassador to Thailand,” Mr Anutin said.

Diamond Resort Phuket

Thailand on Thursday reported zero new cases within the country for a 15th day in a row, as all the new cases were found in state quarantine.

Mr Anutin said Thailand’s impressive performance in managing the outbreak will boost the country’s reputation and create more opportunity to attract future Mice travellers.

The minister said he plans to submit a proposal to the CCSA today to consider allowing domestic flights to resume at Phuket airport as soon as possible.

Speaking at a webinar hosted by the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau, Kreingkai Chongcharoen, director-general of the Culture, Sports and Tourism Department under the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, said the BMA has talked with operators such as hotels and convention centres about safety and hygiene procedures that must be followed to host Mice events.

The BMA will provide a complete screening process to prevent exposure to the virus and gain the confidence of Mice travellers.

“Every district in Bangkok is now ready and fully prepared to host new Mice events that ensure the safety of participants and help drive the overall economy,” Mr Kreingkai said.

Bangkok has been decorated as a Mice City along with Chiang Mai, Pattaya, Khon Kaen and Phuket. Songkhla and Nakhon Ratchasima are to be added this year.

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.


maverick | 13 June 2020 - 12:00:47

Kurt@ can only be countries with direct flights or major routes so viable for carriers - China, Vietnam, Japan, Korea, HK, Singapore are obvious candidates followed by Australia (which then allows NZ) but also depends on whether respective countries don’t insist on quarantine for returnees 

Kurt | 13 June 2020 - 10:06:08

Why minister Anutin not named the countries to pair, 'travel bubbles' with, besides perhaps New Zealand? Which many countries asked Thailand for a bilateral agreement? Mention the countries, don't talk vague.

Kurt | 12 June 2020 - 14:01:44

Thai Officials have to fly THAI. And THAI just announced not to start flying before 01 August. THAI is afraid that their aircrafts, leased/owned, could be impounded abroad. ( it happend before at Munich) .Seen THAI policy not returning unused ticket payments, not believe many people will even think about booking/paying a THAI ticket as long ticket refunds are not done.


Have a news tip-off? Click here


Phuket community
Phuket Immigration overwhelmed as foreigners race to extend stay in Thailand

Foot, did you get 30 day extension from 26 Sept or 14 day "Conditional" extension from Fri...(Read More)

Cabinet nod for long holidays in Nov, Dec

Well well these days off are only for government employees that the taxpayers in LOS pay for. And ch...(Read More)

Phuket Immigration overwhelmed as foreigners race to extend stay in Thailand

How's the social distancing policy going down at the immigration office? ...(Read More)

Phuket Immigration overwhelmed as foreigners race to extend stay in Thailand

Kurt, No of course there is not enough prison space. A recent article about the new "state of t...(Read More)

Drug busts land weapons haul, draft dodger

Looks to me like some miscommunication in the Thalang Police Dept. This Dada kid was probably just r...(Read More)

UK exempts Thais from quarantine

Kurt , I picked those flights because the article is about the UK and Thailand. A fact you probably ...(Read More)

Phuket Immigration overwhelmed as foreigners race to extend stay in Thailand

No wonder people are waiting to apply. Yesterday many people left after they had their documents che...(Read More)

Phuket Immigration overwhelmed as foreigners race to extend stay in Thailand

They are not giving 30 day extensions only 14 day "conditional" extensions from the day yo...(Read More)

Prayut backs return of tourists

Svcoquette...reading from your previous posts that you are over 50 you could have applied for a reti...(Read More)

UK exempts Thais from quarantine

"PN has gone to the dogs" Actually that happened a long time ago. The same day a certai...(Read More)