Thai cabinet to consider 100 million baht for New Year appearances of Lisa, Andrea Bocelli

Thailand’s Tourism and Sports Ministry will request, from the cabinet at its mobile meeting in the southern province of Krabi on November 15th and 16th, a special budget of more…

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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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New year countdown event in Bangkok on December 3, 2017. (Photo by Bundo Kim)

Lalisa and Bocelli opening acts for Thailand’s post-COVID era

The Tourism and Sports Ministry is planning a spectacular Thai countdown to 2022, helmed by K-pop sensation Lalisa “Lisa” Manoban in Phuket and Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli in Bangkok. Huge funding…

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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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Thai household economy improves but remains fragile for rest of the year

Thailand’s household economy has improved but will remain fragile for the rest of the year, due to a combination of flooding, rising energy prices and uncertainty over the COVID-19 pandemic,…

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World Bank’s lowers Thailand’s GDP growth forecast for this year to 1%

World Bank has slashed Thailand’s gross domestic product (GDP) projection for 2021 to just 1%, from 2.2% originally forecast, due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, said Mr. Kiatipong…

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The research team from Chulalongkorn University’s chemistry department collecting sweat samples from vendors in a fresh market as they develop a novel device that detects the Covid-19 coronavirus through specific odors, in Bangkok. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Thailand nears deadline to reopen – but Bangkok needs more time

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s 120-day deadline to reopen the country is approaching fast – but few provinces are ready to welcome international visitors without quarantine from October 15. Bangkok, the…

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Reopening of Bangkok, 4 other provinces likely delayed to November 1

The reopening of Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chonburi, Phetchaburi and Prachuap Khiri Khan, initially scheduled for October 1st in the second phase of opening to fully vaccinated and COVID-negative international arrivals…

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No CCSA decision yet on Bangkok reopening on Oct 15th, quarantine remains

Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has not yet made a decision on the reopening of Bangkok to fully vaccinated and COVID-19 negative international arrivals by October 15th, but…

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Registration for 3rd “Rao Tiew Duay Kan” tourism program starts Sep 24

Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports is set to launch the third phase of the “Rao Tiew Duay Kan” (We Travel Together) tourism promotion program on September 24th, by enabling…

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A beach in Phu Quoc island in southern Vietnam. (Photo by Hoang Dinh Nam / AFP)

Vietnam to reopen resort island to foreign tourists to boost economy

Vietnam plans to reopen the beach-fringed island of Phu Quoc to foreign tourists from next month, authorities said, as the country looks at ways to revive an economy suffering from…

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Thailand’s Hua Hin seeks to reopen to foreign arrivals from October 1

Following in the footsteps of the Phuket “sandbox” scheme, Thailand’s resort town of Hua Hin is seeking to reopen to foreign arrivals on October 1st, with the expectation that as…

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Passengers from Qatar Airways flight from Doha arrive at Thailand’s Phuket International Airport on August 11, 2021, as part of the “Phuket sandbox” scheme for travellers fully vaccinated against the Covid-19 coronavirus to visit without quarantine. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

Phuket extends restrictions for 14 days due to high numbers of new COVID-19 cases

Phuket has extended its restrictions until the end of August, including the sealing off of the island to outsiders, with some exceptions, due to continuing high numbers of new locally…

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A passenger arrives from a flight at Terminal 5 of Heathrow Airport in London, Monday, Aug. 2, 2021. Travelers fully vaccinated against coronavirus from the United States and much of Europe were able to enter Britain without quarantining starting today, a move welcomed by Britain’s ailing travel industry. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

UK eases travel restrictions as industry lobbies for more

LONDON (AP) — Britain opened its borders to fully vaccinated travelers from the U.S. and the European Union on Monday as travel industry leaders urged the government to further ease…

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Excitement and worries, Samui’s roller-coaster journey

Samui opened again to foreign arrivals this week, using a tourism model that is a little different from the Phuket “sandbox”. For the tourists, the COVID-19 restrictions will be stricter…

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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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Tourist-reliant boat operators less optimistic of success in country’s reopening

Locals working for tourism-related businesses on Thailand’s resort island of Phuket, most of them fully vaccinated against COVID-19, have expressed their readiness to welcome foreign tourists once again, after its…

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What do locals think about the Phuket “sandbox” plan?

The highly-anticipated Phuket “sandbox” scheme, under which fully vaccinated foreign tourists can visit the resort island, starts today (July 1st). The locals are looking forward to welcoming tourists again, after…

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A tourist enjoys the view of the Hong islands from the infinity pool of a resort on Koh Yao Yai island in the Andaman Sea. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Will Thailand’s new COVID surge kill a plan to restart tourism in July? 

Although the third wave of COVID-19 has hit Thailand hard, key decision-makers are still keen to launch the “Phuket Sandbox” on July 1. The sandbox will trial Thailand’s reopening by…

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Thailand’s GDP growth forecast to drop this year from 2.8% to 1.6% due to COVID-19

Thailand’s economic growth rate projection for this year is expected to shrink from to 1.6%, from 2.8%, due to the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the latest…

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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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Push to reopen Maya Bay

Maya Bay, one of the most popular tourist attractions on Thailand’s Phi Phi Islands in Krabi province, has been closed to visitors since mid-2018, due to over-tourism. The province is…

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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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Japan eases travel curbs for China, eight others

Japan eases travel curbs for nine countries and regions, in a hope to revive its economy. Japan has eased travel curbs for China, Australia, South Korea and six other countries…

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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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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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(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 29, 2018 shows an illustration picture of a toy umbella and coins next to the logo of rental website Airbnb. – Home sharing platform Airbnb on May 5, 2020, announced it will slash one fourth of its workforce — some 1,900 people — as the coronavirus pandemic crushes the travel industry. The cuts are needed for the San Francisco-based company to survive until people start traveling anew, Airbnb co-founder and chief executive Brian Chesky said in a blog post. (Photo by JOEL SAGET / AFP)

Airbnb slashes staff in effort to ride out pandemic

Home-sharing platform Airbnb said Tuesday it will slash one fourth of its workforce — some 1,900 people — as the coronavirus pandemic crushes the travel industry. The cuts are needed…

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Affected tour operators see priority in Thai-Chinese relations

Though a drastic drop in Chinese tourists to Thailand as a result of the coronavirus outbreak means a fall in tourism revenue, long-term relationship between Thailand and China is more…

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Cabinet endorses 13.2 billion baht giveaways for welfare card holders

The Thai Cabinet has approved 13.2 billion baht in handouts for low income-earners, including parents with children still in school, farmers and disabled people, under the welfare card program. At…

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