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Tourism Minister confirms more inbound flights of tourists

Tourism Minister confirms more inbound flights of tourists

PHUKET: Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn has announced that a second flight of tourists to arrive in Thailand under the new Special Tourist Visa (STV) will land in Bangkok on Oct 26, followed by a third flight arriving from Europe on Nov 1.

Friday 2 October 2020, 10:42AM

Tourism and Sports Minister Phipat Ratchakitprakarn speaking to the press in Bangkok yesterday (Oct 1). Photo: MoTS

Tourism and Sports Minister Phipat Ratchakitprakarn speaking to the press in Bangkok yesterday (Oct 1). Photo: MoTS

Speaking to the press in Bangkok yesterday (Oct 1), Minister Phiphat confirmed that a group of 150 Chinese nationals, all entering the country on the new Special Tourist Visa (STV), will be the first foreign tourists allowed into Thailand on a chartered flight under the conditional entry scheme for selected groups of foreigners, endorsed by the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

Mr Phiphat explained the group will fly directly to Phuket on a chartered Air Asia flight, adding that another, smaller, group of seven Chinese businessmen will arrive at Suvarnabhumi International Airport on a private jet on the same day, reports state news agency NNT.

Another group of 126 Chinese tourists, from Guangdong will fly to Suvarnabhumi airport on a chartered Thai Smile flight on Oct 25, he said.

A third group, of 120 tourists from Scandinavia and Schengen countries, will arrive at Suvarnabhumi airport on a Thai Airways International flight on Nov 1, he added.

Regarding alternative local state quarantine (ALSQ) facilities to accommodate the tourists, Mr Phiphat said three hotels in Phuket and one each in Chon Buri and the northeastern province of Buriram had been chosen.

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Capt B | 12 October 2020 - 08:28:44

All these idiot tourists will go into quarantine in a hotel with a closed circuit air conditioning system. A sure way of catching & spreading Covid-19. If they do not get it on the flight, they'll get it in Deepak's Hotel. 

Kurt | 05 October 2020 - 02:42:43

Phuket is not using this very quiet 'vacuum time' the last 6 months to reform to 'New Normal'. It all just lays down in lethargic waiting. No future thinking, no spirit to adjust that 'foreign wallet thinking & feeling'. Only waiting tourists with outrageous ASQL hotel fees, regimental thai rules to control tourists.. Will not work.

Kurt | 04 October 2020 - 11:24:29

At which airports will that Thai charter flight touch down in Scandinavia and Schengen countries to pick up 'tourists', by end of October? And again, what is the price of that 1 way charter ticket price?  Anyone?

Kurt | 03 October 2020 - 01:41:20

So far we don't read about charter flight ticket prices. All ASQL prices should be set by Government. Not 'up to' thai hotels. That gives room for taking advantage of foreigners in taking advantage, scamming/guatro pricing. That will not be a step in right direction in improving Phuket's image. And, there is a lot room for that improvement.

Paulnou | 02 October 2020 - 23:03:41

what next please ? every days good news, hope more tomorrow

ThorFinger | 02 October 2020 - 20:46:34

Big resorts get people while thai and Farang business get nothing. 100 tourists nothing, we need 10,000 tourists to get better.
0 or 100...same

goldwing | 02 October 2020 - 11:18:36

they just cannot seem to get the number right, is it 150 or 120 virus carriers 


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