What is the real cost to tourists when planning a trip to Thailand during the Covid-19 era?
In addition to budgeting enough for a quarantine facility, which for the most luxurious trip can reach 300,000 baht per person, tourists must agree to a 14-day quarantine – meaning that only people who have not time and money limits will visit the country According to data from the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), the high-end market or those earning more than $ 60,000 per year accounted for less than 20% in the five years, as authorities struggled to attract high-end travelers Last year, when the number of foreign tourist arrivals nearly hit 40 million, significant income came from Asian tourists Since the strict lockdown was eased in the second quarter, the Association of Thai Travel Agents (Atta) has repeatedly called for a shorter quarantine period or, ideally, no quarantine to attract travelers who do not want to spend two weeks in lockdown for their four or five day trip The association stressed China and Taiwan, which are considered low-risk countries If implemented, the program would attract 100,000 travelers per month and help tourism with at least 5 billion baht in revenue, Atta said. Tour operators have pledged to be responsible for these tour groups to allay public concerns
Hong Kong and Singapore recently reached agreement on a travel bubble policy, which will soon allow people from these two countries to travel back and forth without being quarantined Vichit Prakobgosol, chairman of Atta, a said the decision was inevitable for any country led by tourism M Vichit said local communities should accept that special international groups allowed in earlier and those applying for a special tourist visa (STV) are not enough, as the expected number is only 1,000 per month, far from the monthly figure of 3 million last year Last week, the Department of Public Health launched the idea of shortening the quarantine period from 14 to 10 days for visitors from low-risk countries, including China, Taiwan, New Zealand and Australia. Tony Fernandes, managing director of AirAsia Group, said keeping borders closed was not a solution, as Thailand and most ASEAN countries depend on tourism The 14-day quarantine-free arrival screening is the preferred solution for post-outbreak travel A robust contact tracing application is also important for detecting people who have been in close contact with Covid-19 patients, in case the number of cases starts to increase « At some point, countries have to take a little risk to reopen, because we cannot live in a cave for the rest of our lives, » said M Fernandes « We have to live with this virus as we have done with others before, like the common cold or dengue, » M said. Fernandes
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