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Phuket Model to be trialed nationwide

Phuket Model to be trialed nationwide

PHUKET: Thailand Longstay Company is coordinating with some 200 potential tourists who are set to be the first to travel to Phuket province under measures against COVID-19, with the Ministry of Tourism and Sports viewing the group as a test of the so-called Phuket Model, reports state news agency NNT.

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By National News Bureau of Thailand

Monday 31 August 2020, 05:59PM


Photo: NNT

Photo: NNT

Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn said his office and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) are reviewing foreign cities that have been free of COVID-19 for at least 28 days and are assessing demand for travel to Thailand, so that collaboration with those countries can be discussed, said the report.

The Phuket Model, to be used for such tourists, was conceptualized by Thailand Longstay Company, which is looking to bring 200 tourists to the southern province, the report added.

Measures for such visitors will include requiring a medical certificate, issued within 72 hours of travel in the nation of origin and submitted to the local Thai embassy, and a 14-day quarantine upon arrival. Travelers will be limited to the single province with a requirement that they enter another seven day quarantine if they wish to depart to another province. Those who test negative for COVID-19 after 21 days will be allowed to travel nationwide, the report explained.

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, suggested each region select a pilot province for trialing the model. He called for public agreement to build confidence, it added.

Tourism Minister Phiphat also commented on the We Travel Together program, which was recently expanded from five nights to 10 and from B1,000 for flights to B2,000, saying spending power in the nation is currently reduced.

So far, the program has only resulted in 500,000 rooms being booked from a target of 5 million.

It has been suggested that large companies buy up the privileges and use them as rewards for employees. The Cabinet is to be asked to extend the program until the end of the year, rather than to only October, in support of the high season, the report noted.

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Kurt | 01 September 2020 - 09:34:26

..."Looking to bring 200 tourists to Phuket"..   Big deal.Hotels/guesthouse/restaurants/shops will not open for 200 tourists. And the entry requirements proposed 200 tourists are such that they not come. Be wise, open up again for foreign retirees, who have their thai retirement extension, and wait abroad to be allowed to return. ( with their money + 800,000 deposit in banks here)

JSombra | 31 August 2020 - 23:35:20

Were we not only only on Friday there were currently no plans to expand on the Phuket scheme? These people really need to work off the same playbook

cpfleger | 31 August 2020 - 22:35:25

TH govt and elites do not want tourists to come back before a vaccine is available and widely deployed? Instead keeping up the one-and-only "we are CoV free since x days" message? 

Fine, then simply tell so - but please also explain that to all your suffering folks as well. 

 

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