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Phuket hotels allowed to reopen

Phuket hotels allowed to reopen

PHUKET: All venues registered under the Hotel Act are allowed to reopen from today (June 1), according to the full order of reopenings issued late last night.

By The Phuket News

Monday 1 June 2020, 12:29PM

(From left) TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn, Department of Health Director-General Dr Panpimol Wipulakorn, Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakan and Tourism and Sports Permanent Secretary Chote Trachu at the launch of the hotel safety accreditation project last week. Photo: TAT

(From left) TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn, Department of Health Director-General Dr Panpimol Wipulakorn, Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakan and Tourism and Sports Permanent Secretary Chote Trachu at the launch of the hotel safety accreditation project last week. Photo: TAT

The Phuket Provincial Health Office (PPHO), which also serves as the Phuket Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) Incident Command Centre, late last night published the full 37-page provincial order listing all business, services and activities allowed to open and resume operations from today (June 1).

Buried on page 34 of the order is the listing of all places registered under the Hotels Act as permitted to reopen from today.

Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakan along with Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and Governor Yuthasak Supasorn, along with Department of Health Director-General Dr Panpimol Wipulakorn, last Monday (May 25) launched the government’s “Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration: SHA” certification scheme aimed to prepare the Thai tourism industry for the recovery period and enhance confidence amongst international and domestic tourists.

Mr Phiphat said, “The COVID-19 virus spread quickly and widely to many countries around the world, infecting and killing many people. Currently, Thailand has been able to control the spread of the disease thanks to the quick action taken by the Royal Thai Government and the whole-hearted support of the general public.

“However, Thailand is still at risk of being hit by a “second wave”, which will require continued vigilance and public support for the prevention and control measures. At the same time, we must ensure a gradually phased-in economic recovery with behavioural change in accordance with the new way of life or New Normal,” he added.

Mr Chote Trachu, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Tourism and Sports, said, “The policy of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports is to prepare tour operators and tourists for the period after the country has ensured safe conditions for travel. The virus has caused widespread travel disruption resulting in  a negative impact on the global economy. Tourism is the first industry to have been affected and may be the last industry to recover to normal. It is necessary to make major adjustments to ensure its future sustainability.”

The Ministry of Tourism and Sports has assigned TAT to adjust the tourism policy to be in accordance with the Cabinet’s resolution under TAT’s mission. The urgent policy is to upgrade the standard of cleanliness and hygiene under the concept of “Repair – Rebuild”, so that tourism establishments can adjust their products and services in accordance with the New Normal and boost tourist confidence after the crisis has eased, reported the TAT last week.

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“The SHA project aims to make tourism a part of the overall national preventive measures and ensure that both Thai and foreign tourists have a positive experience, and that they are happy and confident in the sanitation and safety of Thailand’s tourism products and services”, Minister Phiphat said.

Dr Panpimol Wipulakorn, Director-General of the Department of Health, said, “The cooperation between the Ministry of Public Health and the Ministry of Tourism and Sports is designed to improve the ‘New Normal’ situation in three areas: Leisure Tourism, sports and MICE. The Public Health measures will help to promote tourism by 1) reducing the risk of infection and transmission from travel, and 2) building confidence in travel because it impacts on all sectors of tourism.

“The Ministry of Public Health would like to request people travelling to various destinations to please strictly abide by the various preventive measures in order to facilitate a speedy return to normal travel. Even after the relaxation measures, we would like to request all travellers to abide by the prescribed guidelines in order to reduce the risk of infection,” she said.

TAT Governor Yuthasak noted, “Ensuring high health and safety standards will be one of the key criteria for Thai tourism to establish its competitive advantage in the recovery period. The desire to travel will remain strong, but when it actually comes to the decision-making time, visitors will opt for those destinations where they feel confident about their personal safety.”

The Governor said that all applying establishments will undergo strict inspection and be assigned the SHA logo as a mark of quality certification of the service standards of that establishment. The logo will be issued by TAT and have a validity period of two years. 

All the names of the accredited establishments will be entered into a database. If any violations are reported, the logo will be revoked, the TAT noted in its report.


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Jor12 | 03 June 2020 - 16:12:23

K.. BP did not publish those figures. You will only find such nonsense in the comments section of PN.

DeKaaskopp | 03 June 2020 - 15:27:05

And Kurt,read the article on here from May23: "Thai Airways loses state enterprise status..." plus your own comments from May 24 on the same article.   70% Lol !

DeKaaskopp | 03 June 2020 - 15:09:50

@Kurt  BP published that ? Maybe you could give a reference to that article ? Trying to blame the BP for your own nonsense now ? 70% Lol !

Kurt | 03 June 2020 - 09:59:04

@ DeK,  BangkokPost published that 70% of the THAI shareholders are foreign.

Jor12 | 03 June 2020 - 09:19:10

wow some people have an inflated importance about themselves, given that local customs and traditions are what makes people how they are and how they interact. Laws are only a means of regulating and ordering communities.

DeKaaskopp | 02 June 2020 - 19:43:25

"I was lucky enough to avoid Thai people as much as I could" Flying a few times to Thailand and trying to avoid Thai people ? Definitely one of the strangest comments I ever read on here. Out of respect for the comment policy, I refrain from further commenting on this matter.

LALALA | 02 June 2020 - 16:59:26

DEK...I am talking about investment opportunities, applicable laws, rules and regulations...and on a personal occasion I actually do not really care how Thais treat me as a person, simply because I was lucky enough to avoid Thai people as much as I could. For me personally Thailand, its people and what they call culture not provides any value to me. I simply not need them and they may not need me.

Jor12 | 02 June 2020 - 16:12:57

Thor..."This island does not live off Thai tourism as everyone knows" Oh really? Statistics show nearly half of Phuket's gross provincial product comes from tourism and has done so for the past 2 decades. 

maverick | 02 June 2020 - 16:08:37

I have been coming here since 78 and have lived here for past 3 years - if I felt I was treated badly I would take my money somewhere else - far from it always felt welcome as has my wife who is Asian but not Thai.....you reap what you sew treat others the way you wish to be treated 

DeKaaskopp | 02 June 2020 - 14:47:10

" As a foreigner you never been well treated here..."  You are surprised given the attitude you are showing towards them ? "What goes around comes around". 

DeKaaskopp | 02 June 2020 - 14:38:04

"The 70% of foreign Thai share holders..."  Kurt,why bother to comment about Thai Airways if you don't even know the correct figures of foreign share holders ?  70% ?  Lol.

Kurt | 02 June 2020 - 09:38:43

@LaLaLa, very true.  The 70% of foreign share holders of THAI must feel ttapped now with this Titanic THAI happening. Guess many of them, against better knowing, hope to safe a bit of their money. The THAI 'Board' strongly massage on that. Don't forget, they got 'drama lessons' in thai schools in their younger years.  :-)

LALALA | 02 June 2020 - 09:18:41

Invest in the Thai Economy ? I would recommend anybody not to invest any cent in LOS. This has been a risky thing always and I am very happy that I never did it. As a foreigner you never been well treated here, even before covid 19. So that's nothing new.

ThorFinger | 01 June 2020 - 21:06:00

echoing: Opening for whom? This island does not live off Thai tourism as everyone knows. I can't believe how poorly treated the remaining tourists and the foreign people are, who choose to live on this island and invest in the THAI economy, with the beautiful people and their culture. It's staggering. The old adage is ringing in my mind...'don't bite the hand that feeds you'. s...

Capt B | 01 June 2020 - 18:11:49

Just put lots of Chlorine in your swimming pool. That should kill the covid-19

ericphuket | 01 June 2020 - 15:38:21

Opening for who?
First open the airport and let free travel to the provinces, stop locking up the people most of them have enough.

Dave_C | 01 June 2020 - 15:32:52

How can the hotels open today if there is no public transport available on to the island ???

ThorFinger | 01 June 2020 - 15:18:20

I wonder where my comments go?
So can we assume that a hotel's swimming pool would be deemed a pond and a large swimming pool,  a lake? Well, seeing as hotel's are allowed to open again. 
Could someone also clarify if sitting beside the ocean on some rocks would be classed as being on the beach? As water sports are allowed to be carried out in lakes, can I go on a banana boat of the rock...


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