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TAT revises down Phuket Sandbox arrivals, estimated revenue

TAT revises down Phuket Sandbox arrivals, estimated revenue

PHUKET: Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Governor Yuthasak Supasorn has revealed revised down estimates on the number of expected tourist arrivals from July through September under the Phuket Sandbox model.

By The Phuket News

Monday 28 June 2021, 12:12PM

The new estimates were announced at a meeting at the ‘EOC Command Center’ on Friday (June 25) joined by Deputy Prime Minister Supattanapong Punmeechaow and Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn.

According to an official report of the meeting, TAT Governor Yuthasak explained that the TAT now expects 100,000 foreign tourist arrivals during the third quarter this year, down 29,000 on estimates given as recently as last week.

The 100,000 foreign tourists are expected to generate B8.9 billion for the Thai economy, Mr Yuthasak said.

However, he added that Thai domestic tourists were still expected to play a major part in restarting Phuket’s tourism industry, with 548,000 “person-visits” expected during the quarter, generating an approximately B5.51bn in revenue for the economy.

Of note, with the TAT now recognising “person-visits” and not expressly domestic tourists, the expected number of domestic arrivals appears to now include people who travel to Phuket not just solely for tourism, and now shows an increase from the 500,000 expected domestic tourist arrivals during the third quarter just over a week ago.

Also joining the meeting on Friday were Natural Resources and Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-archa, Digital Economy and Society Minister Chaiwut Thanakhamanusorn and Chatchai Phromlert, Permanent Secretary of the Interior.

Representing Phuket at the meeting were, Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew and all three Phuket Vice Governors, Pichet Panapong, Piyapong Choowong and Vikrom Jakthee, along with a host of leading local officials and tourism industry figures.

“Phuket Sandbox is an important policy of the government that chose Phuket as the country’s pioneering tourism operation area, which Phuket is determined to prepare for the goal of opening the island on July 1 despite having to pass a very difficult test,” Governor Narong said.

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“At the moment, preparations have been made to cover all aspects, which requires the integrated management of all sectors, including agencies according to the function of the authority and the area, so that the economy of Phuket can be restored while effectively controlling the spread COVID-19,” he added.

A representative of the Ministry of Public Health at the meeting said the ministry was addressing public health goals, including controlling morbidity and mortality from COVID-19 and controlling cluster outbreaks, especially from variants, and creating a balance in medicine, public health, society and the economy to drive continuously and sustainably, said the official report.

In terms of the island’s tourism sector being prepared to receive foreign tourists, the meeting was told that local operators are ready to open the pilot tourism area, the report added.

Currently, there are 440 business operators in Phuket that have been certified as SHA Plus, including 300 hotel/accommodation operators. Other operators including convention centres, spas and golf courses, have also been approved as SHA Plus compliant, the meeting was told.

An estimated 20% of existing tourism businesses are reopening, creating a minimum initial employment of 20,000 people, noted the report.

Jatuporn Burusphat, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, highlighted the progress in making sure natural resource attractions in Phuket meet SHA Plus standards, including Sirinath National Park. 

Other natural tourist attractions such as the Khao Phra Thaeo Non-Hunting Area and the Khao Toh Sae National Forest Reserve in Thalang, as well as Phuket Aquarium, were also making preparations to be certified SHA Plus, as well as other tourist attractions in the National Reserved Forests and Community Forests 

Local people and communities were being involved in the process by emphasising the need for proper management of waste and the environment for tourists, Mr Jatuporn said.

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wagsthedog | 01 July 2021 - 04:34:31

100,000 to generate 8.9b baht, thats nearly 9m baht per person, the maths dont add up as do many figures the TAT issue, always the same telling fantasy, they will be lucky to get 10,000 people Q3

Wylie | 30 June 2021 - 16:34:17

 Your own people are dying.. if that means anything to you'll .. Earnest request to open up the country and let people have thier professions back and got to work . 
Do not deprive the poor of thier lively hood . Just open up the Country !!!!  Sand box will not work .. it's say a lot on the intentions behind it ! And people do understand what you'll trying to say with the conditions y...

Dave_C | 30 June 2021 - 10:25:53

As of yesterday, PR Phuket reported that 426,894 people had registered to be vaccinated (91.49% of the 466,587 target), a shortfall of 39,693 people needing to be vaccinated before Thursday (July 1).

They will not achieve their target but they don't care.

Face saving at the expense of the local citizens

Bdawg467 | 29 June 2021 - 21:25:26

And who is surprised by this???  Anybody with half a brain knee there would not be the #'s they were talking about.  I still say who in their right mind would come here now.  The government has made sure that everything is closed down.  Apparently they have all Thais believing that this "Covid" is an airborne virus.  They have now done a reverse on restaurants.....again!!!  Don't...

Wylie | 29 June 2021 - 15:50:46

Thb 16,800 equals usd 550 ..for Pcr t covid tests .. in addition to a test in your own country ... Now that's what I call a STRESS-BOX !!! 

Wylie | 29 June 2021 - 15:35:07

Not one positive comment on here on the sand box opening ...  I'm begining to think for my self .... Good luck Phuket see you in 2022 .

PJ | 29 June 2021 - 12:13:52

@Christy’s comment on foreign workers at a Layan 7 camp sounds exactly same as foreign non-workers at Mrs B last Friday or dozens of other “restaurants” actually acting like bars, with music up loud, zero social distancing.  Anyone would think Delta doesn’t exist.  Have news for you !!!

Kurt | 29 June 2021 - 11:46:32

Why to have a 'Digital Minister'? As a Official said here recently, most apps are not working. And if they work, see the automatic road speed fining system on Phuket, than they not use it. (installing just waste of money, but sure commissions were good) Are the Immigrations at Phuket Airport and Phuket Town now linked? Last year they weren't.

Kurt | 29 June 2021 - 10:42:58

Unfortunately the most of these Phuket 4-5 star Q-rooms will remain empty as the world knows that the biggest virus on Phuket are the scammers and price gouging mafia. Phuket works very hard to further downgrade her image.

Dave_C | 29 June 2021 - 07:56:06

The Digital Economy and Society Minister Chaiwut Thanakhamanusorn should get his digit out and organize his web designers to allow editing of input details and reappraisal of all non approved applications through phuket.win
He obviously has no understanding of the distress this poorly designed website has caused.

HEIKO | 29 June 2021 - 07:42:16

It is pretty much impossible to arrive in the next 2 weeks. The Los Angeles Consulate needs 2 weeks to process Certificates of Entry. Considering they just started taking applications yesterday afternoon (not 12:00 as website was not updated yet) it will be hard for anyone to make it for by July 1st. 

Yes Wylie 2800 x 2 people x 3 test = THB. 16800 plus testing 72 hours before your flight leave

Christy Sweet | 29 June 2021 - 00:19:12

All aboard the  the Cat-box SHA-it train! Enjoy your... [edited] suspension of Due Process while you help  foment  the Phi-Epsilon variant ! Best of Luck getting back into your home country. Make sure your ATM card is good  until  2022 and bring a duplicate everything.

Xi_Virus | 28 June 2021 - 19:30:51

Until a new government that is caring about the its citizens and its guests #BOYCOTT THAILAND 

Foot | 28 June 2021 - 18:17:33

Everyone who had the ability to think knew the whole 'sandbox" thing was a fake thing to try and make everything think TAT was actually doing anything other than trying to save their own jobs.  They aren't of course. This is going to last much longer than they want to admit.

Wylie | 28 June 2021 - 17:48:44

 IS IT TRUE !!!!  COVID TESTS GOING TO COST ME AND MY WIFE .... 2800 x 2 people x 3 test = THB. 16800 on covid test alone ? Kindly enlighten me please anyone :(

treasurefish | 28 June 2021 - 16:21:19

I booked a flight to Phuket two months ago when I first found out about this. I cancelled yesterday because of all the nonsense about not being "allowed" to stay with a girlfriend, different rules for foreigners versus Thais, nonsense with SHA -vs- SHA+, etc, etc. Way too much BS to try to wade through. Good luck Thailand.

Christy Sweet | 28 June 2021 - 14:33:04

The worker camp on Layan soi 7, with about 200 residents at least, has  daily volleyball, happy hour canteen parties and no one is wearing a mask  when they are off work and visiting the local shops and  produce trucks.    

Sir Burr | 28 June 2021 - 14:19:13

If Phuket wasn't made a "sand-box", it's very likely that we wouldn't be getting vaccinated at the government's expense ASAP.
As far as I'm concerned, the the Sand-box scheme is already a success.

Amigobill | 28 June 2021 - 13:29:13

How stupid and Naive the Government and Governer is..... They want tourist money and they imposed all these restrictions on them despite the fact that all infections in Thailand are from construction and factory workers who don't have the basic requirements of  decent living, been living in quarters like animal shelters while their employers are making the big bucks....
Why should we visit Ph...

jim98040 | 28 June 2021 - 12:38:09

“the government that chose Phuket as the country’s pioneering tourism operation area”… can you say Phuket guinea pigs. 
Hope this government is smart enough to keep domestic red zone travelers out. 

Fascinated | 28 June 2021 - 12:32:26

'Goalposts', s'hifting 'clue', 'a', haven't'- assemble these words in the right order. My money is still on no more than 300 international arrivals on 1 Jul- if that. Reality finally seems to be sinking in for TaT.


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