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Phuket hotels scramble to register as ALSQ venues

Phuket hotels scramble to register as ALSQ venues

PHUKET: Hotels in Phuket are scrambling to be inspected and approved as Alternative Local State Quarantine (ALSQ) venues so that they may receive guests under the ‘Safe and Sealed’ travel campaign.

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By Tanyaluk Sakoot

Wednesday 26 August 2020, 04:43PM


From Oct 1, Phuket will be the first destination in Thailand allowed to receive international tourists since the COVID-19 outbreak began.

However, one key condition is that international tourists must stay at least 14 days in quarantine, which can be served at any approved ALSQ venue.

A recent surge of 27 applications saw the number of hotels in Phuket applying to be ALSQ certified jump from 55 to 82, explained PPHO Chief Thanit Sermkaew.

However, despite 14 hotels applying more than a month ago, only two have been approved: the Anantara Mai Khao Phuket (100 rooms and 36 villas) and Trisara Phuket Villas and Residences (15 villas).

A third resort, The Mangosteen Ayurveda & Wellness Resort, has been inspected and approved by Phuket health officers, but is still waiting for Bangkok officials to officially recognise as an ALSQ, PPHO Deputy Chief Padungkiet Utokasenee told The Phuket News today.

Only after local health officials have inspected a hotel can they request officials in Bangkok to approve the hotel as an ALSQ. Mr Padungkiet explained.

Mr Padungkiet declined to confirm how many hotels on the island PPHO officers had inspected for ALSQ validation.

Asked what was causing the long delay, Mr Padungkiet said, “Many hotels have applied, but most of them do not have a good understanding of what is required. They do not know the conditions.”

The process is very involved, requiring an overhaul of the processes and services provided at hotels, Mr Padungkiet explained. (The full list of requirements for hotels to become an ALSQ verified are posted by the Ministry of Public Health here.)

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“Most of the hotels are not ready to be designated as ALSQ. Some of them are still reworking their budgets, staffing and their buildings to satisfy ALSQ requirements, which includes the hotel partnering with a hospital,” he added.

“Also, the hotel needs to establish a medical area on site, which will require extra investment in order to have the appropriate equipment,” he said.

“They want to be ALSQ, but they are not ready," Mr Padungkiet said plainly.

Hotels may continue to submit their applications to become ALSQ approved until Oct 31, Mr Padungkiet noted.

However, he pointed out that some hotels are expected to withdraw their applications later if the hotel wants to target only domestic tourists.

“Some hotels are worried about their target market as their clients are Thai nationals. They are worried that if their hotel opens to receive foreign guests, Thai guests might not come. Then some of them might decide to deregister as an ALSQ later,” he said.

Mr Padungkiet said he was unsure if the PPHO would even be able to inspect all the hotels that have  already applied by Oct 1, the date set to allow foriegn tourists to land in Phuket.

“I think our team can handle it. The hotels just need to be ready for the inspection. We are glad to do our job and keep people safe,” he concluded.

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Rorri_2 | 29 August 2020 - 09:08:53

Jor12 "R2...then how does your comment add to the discussion, other than to discredit someone," it doesn't... just trying hard to wake up the editor.. who set the rules.Pascale's reply had nothing to do with the article... he made it personal, simple, even you should understand.

Jor12 | 28 August 2020 - 15:29:00

R2...then how does your comment add to the discussion, other than to discredit someone? It was a quite a legitimate question that was responded to.

Kurt | 28 August 2020 - 09:25:46

@DeK, Agoda and Booking.Com prices are outdated, form 'Old Normal' times. From before Covid-19 started. Walk in a Phuket hotel, and say you like to stay 14 days ( normal guest). 50-60% Room discounts, if the hotel is operational, of course. Hotel will be happy to welcome you, and glad it has not to pay commission to booking sites this moment.

Rorri_2 | 27 August 2020 - 18:16:14

Pascale how does this add to the discussion on the above story... seems like a personal attack..
"Kurt,you really should book those discounted rooms. After working hard for years posting highly entertaining comments on here,you absolutely deserve a 3 week break," naughty boy.

Pascale | 27 August 2020 - 15:13:31

Kurt,you really should book those discounted rooms. After working hard for years posting highly entertaining comments on here,you absolutely deserve a 3 week break.

CaptainJack69 | 27 August 2020 - 13:13:28

Well let's hope we get some more affordable hotels than these overpriced snob holes. 14 nights at Trisara will set you back almost 250,000B! Who said Phuket was expensive eh?

DeKaaskopp | 27 August 2020 - 12:24:00

Kurt,nonsense ! Look at he ALSQ list.Hotels start from 32.000 thb. You book direct with them and you have to pay them.Of course the hotels charge you. And saying that "any" 4 star hotel on Phuket charges you under 1000 thb is even more nonsense.Check Agoda or Booking.com.  And for sure they do not include 3 meals.Get your facts right !

Kurt | 27 August 2020 - 11:03:26

D. Not the hotels are charging. The Thai Government charge per ALSQ Q-person 100,000 thb for 2 weeks. ( accommodation, meals, 2x testing). Government pays the participant hotels. Was in Thai press.  And yes, any 4* star hotel on Phuket this moment will host me and wife for lesser than 1000 thb per night for a room for 2 persons. ( that is 14,000 or lesser for 14 days). If such hotel is open now.

ericphuket | 27 August 2020 - 10:03:58

Lost of time, only a few people who are desperate to come home and who are able to pay such crazy money will join. For the normal tourist useless plan

DeKaaskopp | 26 August 2020 - 21:44:11

Kurt,how do you know all those hotels will charge 100.00 thb ? Did they inform you about their prices in advance or did you look at your crystal ball again ? And 14000 thb for local tourists max ? In what kind of hotels do you stay usually ?

drmokie | 26 August 2020 - 21:09:16

This scheme is doomed from the beginning. There are many of us with families that would welcome the chance to come home. We shop locally, and greatly help local economies

Kurt | 26 August 2020 - 17:25:27

Of course Hotels  ALSQ wise lining up! Per person in Quarantine 14 days is earning 100,000 thb = 200,000 thb by a 2 pax per room. For the same accommodation period for local tourists, they just can ask max 14,000 thb for same  pax. Also 'working up' to become a ALSQ hotel and than the foreigners are not coming to Thailand is a big risk.  The whole thing is a hotel profit gamble.

 

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