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A general view of people trooping to the Manila baywalk dolomite beach along Roxas boulevard in Manila city on October 17, 2021, a day after authorities eased its quarantine restrictions in the nation’s capital. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)

Philippines suspends decision to allow vaccinated tourists entry

Manila (AFP) – The Philippines has temporarily suspended a decision to allow fully vaccinated tourists entry in a bid to prevent a new, heavily mutated coronavirus variant taking off in the…

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Travellers can enter Thailand by sea and land from December 24th

The Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) decided today (Friday) to allow travellers to enter Thailand by sea and land, in addition to current access by air. The north-eastern province…

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Panic buttons installed in Khao Yai national park for distressed tourists to call for help

Ten pole mounted emergency call buttons have been set up at different points along the mountainous routes in Khao Yai national park, to allow visitors in distress to alert park…

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Starting again: Thailand’s reopening gives hope despite challenges and risks

Many operators in the hospitality sector have gone through the worst of their business lives due to the pandemic but now, with Thailand once again open to visitors, they are…

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Thai PM becomes star of new tourism video

Thailand’s prime minister has become the unlikely star of a new music video, posted on the government’s Thai Khu Fah Facebook page, in an effort to promote tourism. The video…

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Thai cabinet approves nomination of 6 parks, mangrove forest as UNESCO World Heritage sites

The Thai cabinet, at its meeting in the southern province of Krabi on Tuesday, endorsed a proposal from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to nominate six national parks…

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Thailand’s idyllic Maya Bay to reopen on January 1

The popular Maya Bay will reopen on New Year’s Day 2022, following a closure of three and a half years, but tourists will only be allowed to visit for up…

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Thailand’s Hua Hin struggles to rebuild tourism with only eight visitors so far

Since Thailand reopened on November 1st, it has attracted more than 40,000 international travellers. The usually popular beach town of Hua Hin, in Prachuap Khiri Khan province, has, however, only…

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Thailand’s air traffic increases 25% during the first ten days of November

Air traffic in and over Thailand, during the ten days following the reopening of the country to foreign arrivals on November 1st, was 25% percent higher than in October, averaging…

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Tourists return to Thailand’s chilly natural attractions

Tourists are flocking to embrace the cool breezes and the beautiful sunrises at the Phu Ruea National Park viewpoint, in Thailand’s northern province of Loei, as temperatures fall to just…

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Thailand Pass or Certificate of Entry: Clearing confusion for travelers

When Thailand opened its doors to vaccinated travelers from 63 nations this month, it also launched a new system for them to gain entry. From November 1, tourists flying into…

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Members of the Erebara family embrace after being separated before arriving on a flight from the UK, following the easing of pandemic travel restrictions at JFK international airport in New York on November 8, 2021. (Photo by Ed JONES / AFP)

Tears, relief, long lines as US reopens borders after 20 months

New York (AFP) – Eager travelers and their relatives rejoiced, wept and breathed sighs of relief Monday as the United States reopened to vaccinated visitors, ending 20 months of Covid-19 restrictions…

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Travelers arrive at a nearly empty security check-in at Newark International Airport on November 21, 2020 in Newark, New Jersey. Current US numbers — more than a quarter of a million deaths have been reported — have alarmed authorities enough to advise that people stay home for the November 26 Thanksgiving holiday, when Americans usually travel to be with their families. Kena Betancur / AFP

International travellers head to the United States as flights reopen

Travelers across the world prepared on Monday to be reunited with loved ones in the United States for the first time in nearly two years, as restrictions were lifted to…

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Doi Inthanon National Park to reopen to visitors on Wednesday

Chiang Mai’s Doi Inthanon National Park, Thailand’s highest peak, will reopen to visitors this Wednesday, for the first time in several months. Visitors are attracted by the cool breezes and…

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Bangkok prepares for Loy Krathong festival

Bangkok is preparing for the Loy Krathong festival, celebrated across the city on November 19th, with strict COVID-19 measures in place. Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang announced that this year’s Loy…

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An airport employee assists passengers through the arrival area at Phuket International Airport as Thailand welcomes the first group of tourists fully vaccinated against the Covid-19 coronavirus without quarantine in Phuket on November 1, 2021. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

Over 90,000 apply to enter Thailand in 6 days since reopening

Over 90,000 foreign visitors applied for the “Thailand Pass” to enter the country between November 1st and yesterday (Saturday). Of these, 33,788 applications have been approved, Government Spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana…

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Visitors take a selfie at the exhibition stand of the Maldives at the International Tourism Trade Fair (ITB) in Berlin, Germany, March 9, 2016. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/File Photo

Asia tourism reopens with big-spending Chinese stuck at home

(Reuters) – Asia’s gradual easing of international travel curbs is proving a welcome relief for the region’s hard-hit tourism operators slowly opening up to visitors from around the world – with one giant…

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Nearly 2,500 travellers enter Bangkok on first day of full reopening

2,424 travellers arrived at Thailand’s Suvarnabhumi Airport yesterday (Monday), the first day Thailand reopened to international arrivals, on 40 international flights. 890 were Thai nationals and 1,534 were foreign travellers,…

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A spark of life in Chiang Mai’s tourism sector

Many travellers have been heading to Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Mai, where four districts have reopened for tourism as this year’s cold season gets underway. Fog was seen this…

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Thailand’s Hua Hin resort town ready to welcome tourists again

Many businesses in Hua Hin are hoping that reopening the country might offer a glimmer of hope, while Thai tourists are unsure if welcoming foreigners again will increase the infection…

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First group of 43 passengers arrives from Japan as Thailand reopens borders Monday

The first 43 Thai and foreign passengers arrived at Suvarnabhumi international airport during the early hours today (Monday), the first day Thailand reopens to foreign arrivals. Tight health safety controls…

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A family leave to board a plane at Sydney’s International Airport on November 1, 2021, as Australia’s international border reopens almost 600 days after a pandemic closure began. (Photo by Saeed Khan / AFP)

Flowers, cheers and tears as Australia’s border reopens

Sydney (AFP) – Australia’s international border reopened on Monday almost 600 days after a pandemic closure began, sparking emotional scenes at Sydney airport as loved ones reunited. Shortly after dawn, bleary-eyed…

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Thailand extends list of countries and territories, the citizens of which can enter the Kingdom without quarantine

Thailand has extended the list of “low risk” countries and territories whose citizens will be allowed to enter the kingdom without quarantine from Tomorrow (Monday), according to an announcement issued…

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A view of the almost empty departure hall of Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok on August 1, 2020, as passenger numbers plummeted due to the COVID-19 coronavirus. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

Thais arriving from 45 low risk countries and Hong Kong to be treated like citizens of those countries

Thai citizens returning home by air from 45 “low risk” countries and Hong Kong will not be required to spend extended time in quarantine or to have health insurance cover…

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Thai tourism minister admits to blunder over pop idol’s appearance at New Year event

Thailand’s Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn admitted today (Friday) that he had jumped the gun with his recent announcement that K-Pop rap idol Lalisa “Lisa” Manoban of South Korea’s…

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Thailand’s Koh Chang ‘sandbox’ to kick off November 11

Thailand’s eastern province of Trat plans to officially reopen to foreign and domestic travellers under its “Koh Chang Sandbox” scheme on November 11th. Governor of Trat province Chamnanwit Taerat has…

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Thailand’s main airport runs tests ahead of country’s reopening on Monday

Suvarnabhumi international airport conducted drills today (Wednesday) to test its readiness to cope with the arrival of foreign tourists on November 1st, when Thailand reopens its borders to arrivals by…

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Pattaya Music Festival to be held from November in time for Thailand’s reopening

This year’s Pattaya Music Festival is being organised to coincide with Thailand’s reopening to foreign tourists on November 1st, with the first events on November 5th and 6th. The Chonburi…

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Thailand sets out seven conditions for foreign arrivals without quarantine

From November 1st, foreign tourists arriving in Thailand, without being required to enter quarantine, must meet seven conditions, according to the Bureau of Risk Communication and Health Behavior Promotion of the…

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Tourism minister hopes New Year appearances of world famous artists in Thailand will inspire the young and the disabled

Thai Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn says that he is also looking at the non-financial benefits of the planned appearances of two world famous artists, Thai-born pop artist Lalisa…

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Laem Chabang Port in Chonburi province. (Photo by EEC)

Tourism, investments expected to take off as Thailand reopens on Nov 1

Business leaders are expecting an influx of foreign tourists and investors when Thailand reopens its doors to the world on November 1. “Reopening Thailand will open up many opportunities,” said…

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Thailand’s Similan Islands reopen with limited tourist numbers allowed

Mu Koh Similan National Park, in the southern province of Phang-nga, has reopened to tourists under its “new normal” measures, with no more than 3,850 visitors allowed per day. The…

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Foreign tourists can now apply to stay for up to nine months in Thailand

Foreign tourists can now stay in Thailand for up to nine months without the need of travel abroad to have their visas extended, three months on the initial visa with…

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File photo. The “Phuket Sandbox” programme for visitors fully vaccinated against the Covid-19 coronavirus has remained closely-watched, economically and politically. Jack TAYLOR / AFP

Thailand’s new tourism promotional slogan for next year unveiled

The Thai government plans to promote tourism next year under the new slogan “Visit Thailand 2022, Now Even More Amazing Thailand Has It All”, together with investments as well as…

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Bangkok governor rejects tourism minister’s plan to reopen capital on Oct 15

Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang declared on Friday that Thailand’s capital will not reopen to fully vaccinated and COVID-19 negative international arrivals on October 15th, as announced by Tourism and Sports…

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Tourists return to Thailand’s national parks in droves

Despite being the rainy season, the yearning for a natural environment, peace, morning fog and a cool breeze has prompted tens of thousands of Thai tourists to visit the country’s…

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Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP

Five Thai provinces are set to reopen to foreign tourists on October 1

Bangkok, Chon Buri, Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan and Chiang Mai are set to reopen to foreign arrivals on October 1st, following the successful implementation of the first phase of the…

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Thais flock to Hua Hin as lockdown eased, reopening to foreign tourists cautioned

More Thai people have been travelling to the coastal town of Hua Hin, in Prachuap Khiri Khan province, since the partial easing of COVID-19 restrictions. The proposed reopening to foreign…

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Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

Domestic tourism urged to be promoted as backup plan to overseas arrivals

The Thai Hotels Association is urging the government to come up with measures to promote domestic tourism, because it is unsure that the plan, earlier announced by Prime Minister Prayut…

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After Phuket success, hope of Thai tourism revival now hangs on Samui Plus

Following in the footsteps of tropical paradise Phuket, three more islands start welcoming fully vaccinated foreign tourists with relaxed quarantine rules from today (July 15). Surat Thani’s Koh Samui, Koh…

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Thailand cautiously reopens to foreign tourists as the “Samui Plus” project starts Thursday

The “Samui Plus” model kicks off today (July 15th), welcoming fully vaccinated foreign tourists, just two weeks after the initial Phuket “sandbox” tourism project was launched. The first 20 tourists…

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Phuket’s natural attractions welcome limited numbers of tourists as island reopens Thursday

Four natural attractions in Phuket, under supervision of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, began welcoming limited numbers of tourists today (Thursday), as the resort island reopened to fully…

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Sandbox or quicksand? Thailand on edge as Phuket prepares to welcome back foreign tourists

Despite growing public concern over surging COVID-19 infections, the Phuket Sandbox scheme is set to roll out on July 1. From next month, fully vaccinated foreigners are welcome to fly…

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Command centre for foreign tourists set up in Phuket ahead of July reopening

A command centre, called “EOC Phuket Sandbox” has been set up on the resort island, with 70% of its equipment installation complete. Phuket will be the first province to welcome…

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Reopening of Phuket and Surat Thani to foreign tourists confirmed for July

Thailand’s cabinet has confirmed that Phuket will reopen to fully vaccinated tourists on July 1st, under the “Phuket Sandbox” project, as planned. Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao, in…

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Phuket prepares for fully vaccinated foreign tourists, as 63% of locals inoculated

Thailand’s resort island of Phuket is preparing to open to foreign tourists in less than two weeks, with 63.3% of the local population having received their first doses and 30.2%…

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Samui welcomes fully vaccinated domestic tourists without quarantine

Samui Island is now welcoming fully vaccinated tourists, from within Thailand, without the need to go through a 14-day quarantine, according to Samui Island District Chief Teerapong Chuaychoo. Citing a…

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Thailand specifies requirements for reopening to foreign tourists on July 1

The Centre for Economic Situation Administration (CESA) meeting today (Friday) chaired by Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, has resolved to specify requirements for fully vaccinated foreign tourists to enter the…

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Phuket to open to fully vaccinated, COVID-19 free foreign tourists without quarantine in July

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) will proceed with its plans to attract foreign tourists to the resort island of Phuket, without compulsory quarantine, starting July 1st this year, with…

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(Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

First foreign tourists in over a year arrive in Phuket

A group of foreign tourists, mostly German, arrived on Thailand’s popular resort island of Phuket on Saturday. They are the first in more than a year. They are here under…

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Will the Phuket Tourism ‘Sandbox’ save Thailand’s holiday island?

Foreign tourists who carry a COVID-19 vaccine passport will be able to enjoy Phuket’s blue seas and white sands without having to undergo quarantine, provided the Thai government approves the…

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Area quarantine to be discussed by tourism minister and operators in Phuket on Wednesday

Thailand’s Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn is scheduled to meet with representatives of hotels and other tourism-related businesses on Thailand’s famous resort island of Phuket on Wednesday, to discuss…

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Thailand’s tourism operators lobby for borders to reopen on July 1

A group of leading tour operators and hoteliers in Thailand has launched a campaign to reopen the country on July 1, 2021. They say vaccines are a game changer that…

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This photograph taken on November 2, 2020 shows visitors taking pictures of the gold plated stupa at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Buddhist temple in Chiang Mai. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Thai tourism ministry proposes vaccine program in 5 tourism hotspots

Thailand’s Tourism and Sports ministry will propose that the Public Health ministry organize an inoculation campaign in 5 tourism provinces and discuss the prospect of vaccination passports. Tourism minister, Phiphat…

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First group of western tourists arrive in Phuket for villa quarantine

The first group of 59 European tourists arrived on Thailand’s resort island of Phuket from Indonesia on Sunday, under the “villa quarantine” program, which has been endorsed by the CCSA…

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Hotels and tourist attractions in Chonburi ordered to close temporarily

Yesterday, the communicable disease committee of Chonburi province ordered all hotels and tourist attractions to close until further notice, to contain the spread of COVID-19. Hotels with guests still in…

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Tourism Council of Thailand says Q1 2021 tourism confidence index drops to 53

It is estimated that 6.69 million foreign travellers visited Thailand in 2020, an 83% decrease from 2019. The visitors generated revenue of around 300 billion baht, an 80% decrease from…

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Government to introduce “Thailand Plus” application for foreign tourists

The Thai government is to introduce a new application, called “Thailand Plus”, to enable the tracing of foreign tourists in the country.   Mr. Sompote Arhunai, CEO of the Energy…

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International tourists, predominantly Russian nationals, enjoy the beach despite concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus and restrictions for travellers at a resort in Phuket on March 20, 2020. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Thailand has relaxed criteria for issuing tourist visas

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) says The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has relaxed the criteria for issuing visas to foreigners, hoping to revive tourism. TAT executive director for tourism…

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Tourism industry asks government to reconsider travel bubble

The former president of Thailand Hotels Association, Supawan Thanomkietipumi, is proposing the government reconsider the “Travel Bubble” as a way to help revive tourism. Supawan said there is demand in…

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First group of Chinese tourists to arrive in Phuket on Oct 8th 

On October 8th, a group of 150 Chinese nationals, issued with special tourist visas (STV), will be the first foreign tourists allowed into Thailand, under the conditional entry scheme for…

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Phuket gears up for reopening to long-staying foreign tourists in October

Thailand’s resort island of Phuket is preparing to reopen to long-stay foreign tourists on October 1st and one of the areas being improved is road safety.   According to a…

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New grand plan to bring tourists back to Thailand in fallout of COVID-19

Thailand is preparing to welcome back foreign tourists – at least, those with deep pockets – from next month, with a strategy that seeks to restore its battered tourism sector…

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Thailand conditionally to open its doors to long-stay tourists

The Thai cabinet has approved, in principle, the guidelines of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports to be used to open Thailand to long-stay foreign tourists, in a bid to…

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Phuket slowly recovering with the arrivals of Thai tourists

After the lockdown, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, which saw Thailand’s world famous and normally bustling resort island of Phuket transformed into a ghost town, with almost all…

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Pha-Ngan Island / Photo from tourismthailand.org

TAT plans to boost domestic tourism among three target groups

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) will seek Cabinet approval for its plan to boost domestic tourism by targeting affluent Thais, who can afford overseas trips, adding that between 12…

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Cabinet launches “Rao Thieu Duaykan” program to boost domestic tourism

From July 15th, Thai people can apply for a Government subsidy, to cover part of their hotel and food expenses for travel out of their home provinces, under the “Rao…

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2.7 million in Thailand’s tourism sector redundant by September – TTIC

Confidence among Thailand’s tourism business operators fell to the lowest level in a decade during the second quarter of 2020, with about 2.6 million workers already out of work and…

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Cabinet endorses three packages to revive ailing tourism industry

Thailand’s Cabinet today approved three packages intended to reboot Thailand’s declining tourism industry, hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Tourist arrivals and revenues for the first quarter of this year…

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Thailand to trial “Travel Bubble” scheme to restart tourism

Four ministries have been developing a new travel scheme, under which citizens of countries which have managed to control the spread of COVID-19, or have low risk of infection, will…

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Passengers attempt to observe social distancing as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus as they ride in a BTS commuter train during rush hour in Bangkok (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Thailand tourism to contract by 1.69 trillion baht this year – Kasikorn Research

The Thai tourism sector is forecast to suffer a revenue reduction, estimated at 1.69 trillion baht this year, due to the COVID-10 pandemic and the weak purchasing power of tourists,…

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