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Tourism and Sports Ministry seeks to lift domestic lockdown

Tourism and Sports Ministry seeks to lift domestic lockdown

BANGKOK: The Tourism and Sports Ministry wants to ask the COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) to lift the domestic tourism lockdown starting in June, as the industry prepared for new national safety and health standards with almost 1,500 operators applying for certification.

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By Bangkok Post

Tuesday 26 May 2020, 09:22AM


Mr Phiphat promotes the Amazing Thailand Safety & Health Administration. The initiative launched on Monday (May 25) aims to boost confidence among domestic and international tourists about health and safety protocols. Photo: Pornprom Satrabhaya / Bangkok Post

Mr Phiphat promotes the Amazing Thailand Safety & Health Administration. The initiative launched on Monday (May 25) aims to boost confidence among domestic and international tourists about health and safety protocols. Photo: Pornprom Satrabhaya / Bangkok Post

Tourism Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn this week said the ministry plans to talk with the CCSA today (May 29) about easing domestic tourism restrictions, such as allowing interprovincial travel and hotel operations to resume in many provinces, in line with the third stage of COVID-19 restrictions, reports the Bangkok Post.

If CCSA agrees with the scheme, domestic travel will start again on June 1, but within the same region for the first two weeks, before gradually allowing inter-regional travel.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) scheduled a meeting with the Finance Ministry on Tuesday about additional tourism stimulus plans such as tourism coupons to help boost operators’ liquidity, giving local travellers more purchasing power, said TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn.

Apart from financial stimulus, TAT is hoping that 70% of the tourism supply chain will join the new safety standards of the Safety and Health Administration (SHA) within the first two years to regain the confidence of travellers.

Once operators obtain SHA certification, which lasts two years, they have to strictly comply with the guidelines or the certificate will be revoked.

The agency will join a committee consisting of the Health Department, provincial public health agencies, the Tourism Department, and the Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration to randomly check operators’ practices.

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He said tourists also act as auditors when they send feedback about their experiences after visits or using services.

The project, a collaboration between the TAT, the Tourism and Sports Ministry and the Public Health Ministry, began yesterday after launching online applications on May 18.

As of May 24, 1,442 operators nationwide in 10 tourism-related businesses had applied for the certificate.

Mr Yuthasak said a new standard requiring social distancing practices will lead to limited capacity at all destinations.

Guests are expected to make forward bookings before taking trips.

Technology will play a role in enhancing tourist experiences such as track and trace applications, facial recognition systems and virtual reality travel, he said.

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Sandbar | 28 May 2020 - 12:28:04

Seems to be a lot of acronyms in this story...they missed one (OABN) Open all Bussineses Now!

maverick | 27 May 2020 - 17:48:38

Smoking something again they have just canned the buses between Phuket and Bangkok - where exactly are these tourists coming from and do they want visit a shuttered Island most business’s won’t open for a few domestic tourists 

Kurt | 27 May 2020 - 13:35:33

Technology, Track & Trace, facial recognition, virtual reality travel. Wow, a mouth full conference nonsense. No one there seems to understand what the tourists want. Certainly not regimental Orwell stuff.

Kurt | 27 May 2020 - 11:15:00

..Optaining SHA certification. How much the operator has to pay for that paper with stamp?  Valid 2 years, can be revoked. Oh yes, and than? Of course, no consequences. The hotel will remain open as usual, without that paper.  And all this for restoring confidence of travellers? Was there a lack of confidence among them?  And will traveller upon arrival in hotel ask to see that SHA paper?

LALALA | 27 May 2020 - 09:20:55

'Technology will play a role in enhancing tourist experiences such as track and trace applications, facial recognition systems.....', LOL.. now its called enhancing tourists experience..... big brother is watching you guys. I assume this systems will stay, big warning to all international tourists once LOS is open again... stay away from LOS

ChelseaPete | 26 May 2020 - 22:17:28

Too late ! - everybody has already gone out of business. Way way too slow to open up. Even the beaches in England re-opened 2 weeks ago !

 

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