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Phuket attracts Thailand’s 31 millionth visitor of 2016

The 31 Millionth visitor to enter Thailand in 2016 flew to the holiday island of Phuket and into the record books as Thailand marks its most successful tourist year ever.

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The 31 Millionth visitor to enter Thailand in 2016 flew to the holiday island of Phuket and into the record books as Thailand marks its most successful tourist year ever.

Mr. Strafuss Michael, Thailand’s Luckiest Visitor – The Amazing, Smashing Success”, arrived at Phuket’s International Airport from Germany on 17 December, 2016.

Mr. Strafuss Michael was welcomed by the executives of related organisations that included Mrs. Pataraporn Sithivanich, Executive Director for Europe, Africa and Middle East Region of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).

Mrs. Pataraporn said, “With its warm seas and soft sandy beaches, Phuket is the perfect winter getaway for tourists especially at this time of year when the weather is at its nicest. Everyone flying to Thailand can expect sunshine, warm Siamese hospitality and a colourful culture to explore. So it’s little wonder we are today saying hello to our 31 millionth sun seeker with a warm welcome to Thailand.”

Mr. Strafuss Michael’s reward for the luck of being, “Thailand’s Luckiest Visitor – The Amazing, Smashing Success”, are two economy-class return tickets to Thailand, valid for a year. He will also be given a voucher for a five-night stay in one of Thailand’s luxury hotels in Bangkok, Pattaya or Hua Hin as well as a mobile phone with a 4G sim card and seven days of Internet usage, and a certificate that will ensure he remembers his lucky day forever. The final touch is an exclusive limousine drive to his hotel in Phuket.

Mr. Strafuss Michael is the big fan of Thailand. He has visited Thailand many times, and this is his first time in Phuket where he will spend seven days and continue the journey to Bangkok for three more days.

Phuket has long been one of Thailand’s most popular holiday destinations. The island province offers much more than islands and beaches, with national parks, culture and historical buildings to discover, not to mention the ease of access to other green areas of Thailand such as Krabi and Phang-nga.

The “Thailand’s Luckiest Visitor” campaign was originally started in 2015 to recognise and reward every millionth visitor to Thailand from June to December. The campaign was hugely popular with tourists and the media and enhanced Thailand’s brand image.

In 2016, Thailand is projecting total international tourism revenue of around 1.62 trillion Baht (US$ 46 billion), representing a year-on-year increase of 11.68 per cent over 2015.

To boost tourism numbers, various initiatives have been put in place to encourage tourists to visit and spend. This includes the waiver of tourist visa fees for visitors from 19 countries from 1 December, 2016, to 28 February, 2017, and the price of visas issued on arrival will be halved.

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Quarantine-Free Thailand Reopens for Vaccinated Tourists From 1 November 2021

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to confirm that Thailand is all set to welcome fully vaccinated foreign visitors, including returning Thais and foreign residents, from the approved countries to enter the Kingdom by air with no quarantine requirements from 1 November, 2021.

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Bangkok lifts more COVID-19 restrictions

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In response to the Royal Thai Government’s announcement to relax more COVID-19 controls in the dark-red zone provinces, which include the Thai capital, the Bangkok Communicable Disease Committee has also lifted restrictions effective from 16-31 October, 2021.

Restaurants and eateries, cinemas, theatres, shopping malls, sport stadiums, and public parks can now resume normal opening hours, but no later than 22.00 Hrs.

Convenience stores, fresh markets, and flea markets can open for all types of goods up until 22.00 Hrs. All 24-hour shops must close nightly from 22.00-03.00 Hrs.

Hotels, exhibition halls, convention halls, trade fair centres, or similar types of venues can open for meetings, seminars, or other types of events and ceremonies up until 22.00 Hrs., and under strict safety and health controls. Consumption of alcoholic beverages remain prohibited.

The same goes for shopping malls, shopping centres, community malls, or similar establishments, which can also open for meetings, seminars, or other types of events and ceremonies up until 22.00 Hrs., and under strict safety and health controls. Consumption of alcoholic beverages remain prohibited. Also, any sales promotional activities shall not be organised while the amusement parks, water parks, and gaming centres must remain closed.

Limits for participants in gatherings has been increased to 50, up from 25 in the previous announcement.

The night-time curfew in Bangkok has been reduced from 6 to 4 hours, or between 23.00-03.00 Hrs.

Travel between Bangkok provinces and other areas can resume normal operations but must apply social distancing measures.

All types of entertainment venues, including pubs, bars, and karaoke shops are to remain closed. However, the government mentioned that these businesses may undertake preparation to be ready for reopening.

Self-protective measures and distancing efforts

As usual, people nationwide are asked to continue abiding by the health and safety measures in place; such as, wearing a face mask at all times while outside of their residence, regularly washing hands with soap and water/cleaning alcohol, and avoiding unnecessary close contact with others.

TAT would like to remind all travellers to continue with D-M-H-T-T-A precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19: D – Distancing, – Mask wearing, – Handwashing, T – Temperature check, T – Testing for COVID-19, and A – alert application.

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