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TAT takes a gamble promoting Phuket Model

TAT takes a gamble promoting Phuket Model

BANGKOK: Thailand has to risk reopening borders to tourists with a pilot project in October acting as a decisive point for the inbound market in the upcoming high season, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).

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By Bangkok Post

Saturday 22 August 2020, 10:23PM


Phuket is selected to be a model for Thailand to reopen the country for foreign tourists. Photo by Achadtya Chuenniran / Bangkok Post

Phuket is selected to be a model for Thailand to reopen the country for foreign tourists. Photo by Achadtya Chuenniran / Bangkok Post

“There is a risk in the new tourism model, but if we don’t open there is a bigger risk for the economy,” said TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn, reports the Bangkok Post.

If the first international tourists to Phuket complete their trips without local transmissions, Thailand will be ready to seize the long-stay market seeking a warmer climate during the winter months.

Thailand has an advantage in that its healthcare system has a glowing reputation.

Mr Yuthasak said tour agents in Europe have started to ask when they can sell tour packages to Thailand again.

Inbound flights during the early trial period will likely be chartered services only, as tourists are required to register with the Foreign Ministry and pass many procedures before entry.

Mr Yuthasak said each guest may spend a minimum of 30 days in Thailand to make a worthwhile trip, since 14 days must be spent in quarantine.

TAT staff on Friday (Aug 21) inspected the supply side in Phuket, particularly the capacity of its healthcare services, and discussed conditions with hotels that are ready to be included in the sealed area for tourists.

The Tourism and Sports Ministry’s Phuket Model will be the first location to try the new Safe and Sealed plan, whereby a group of alternative state quarantine (ASQ) hotels can jointly provide a restricted one-kilometre space for guests over two weeks.

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There are strict measures, such as performing several swab tests before travel, on arrival, after the 14-day quarantine and before departing Phuket.

Mr Yuthasak said the target can be either Asian and European guests from six-hour-flight origins or nations that don’t impose travel restrictions on their citizens.

Another priority for the TAT is to look for demand from international tourists and match them with their destination.

“Starting with the Phuket Model, this tourism stimulus plan will expand and reflect in GDP when attracting more international tourists during high-season months,” Mr Yuthasak said.

The agency hopes the plan can help fix the quantity-versus-quality issue of tourist destinations by encouraging worn-down areas to rejuvenate.

As for domestic travel, if 5 million room nights under the stimulus campaign are not redeemed by the end of October, there’s an opportunity to extend the deadline, he said.

 

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LALALA | 25 August 2020 - 15:02:34

PhuketRe - I saw Santa Claus today arriving at Patong beach riding a dolphin... he had plenty of covid in his sack.

PhuketRe | 25 August 2020 - 11:53:27

Thorfinger - no! Covid will not always be here. Its not here for 90 days and witthout importong it again it wont be here.

Lu | 24 August 2020 - 14:36:05

No Chance At goverment

Lu | 24 August 2020 - 14:34:53

No Chance 

ThorFinger | 24 August 2020 - 09:08:47

Stop dreaming!!
Things are NOT going to improve until you realise that Covid will always be here, just like the common flu, with or without a vaccine. Either stop the nonsense and open up, or you are dooming the country to mass bankruptcies. 
You have no choice!  Well, actually you do....

LALALA | 23 August 2020 - 19:15:09

....''Thailand has an advantage in that its healthcare system has a glowing reputation''.....really..LOL..yeah they maybe good in faking boobs but when it comes to something serious you are surely better off in Europe or elsewhere.

 

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