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TAT promotes ASEAN connectivity linking Thailand with Myanmar and Lao PDR

According to the preliminary figures for 2016, the international visitor arrivals to the ASEAN region totalled 116,113,271, an increase by 9.62 percent

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is hosting international media to a five-day fam trip to promote ASEAN Connectivity and travel between Myanmar, Thailand and Lao PDR. The trip links Bangkok with Mandalay, then Chiang Mai and Luang Prabang.

According to the preliminary figures for 2016, the international visitor arrivals to the ASEAN region totalled 116,113,271, an increase by 9.62 percent.  The tourism revenue in 2015 generated approximately 133 billion US Dollars, a growth of 12.1 percent over 2014.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor said, “With the integration of the ASEAN Economic Community, we aim to promote ASEAN as a single tourist destination. These media trips and expected coverage, when combined with other promotions and initiatives will help boost awareness of the tourism connectivity for multi-destination itineraries in the greater Cambodia, Lao PDR., Myanmar, Vietnam and Thailand (CLMVT) region.”

The ASEAN Connectivity media fam trip highlights Thailand’s potential as the region’s primary aviation and tourism hub.

As low-cost carriers add new flights around the region, this will help make these action-packed itineraries possible, demonstrating how air connectivity between secondary tourist destinations will help maximise the immense tourism potential.

At present, there are around 600 international flights per week operating their routes, departing Thailand to other destinations in the CLMVT.

299 flights fly to Myanmar; 190 to Vietnam; 108 to Cambodia, and 61 to Lao PDR. In addition to aviation, travellers are able to opt for a road trip crossing Thailand as a focal point to other regional destinations via land linkages.

The North-South Corridor will resume from the south of China, Thailand, to Malaysia and Singapore while the East-West Corridor originates in India and finishes in Vietnam.

Mr. Yuthasak said, “TAT believes that expanding available flight services is crucial to the entire tourism industry to facilitate the flow of tourists travelling within the CLMVT as Thailand continues to develop its leadership role as the region’s aviation hub.”

To that end, TAT is also spearheading discussions with airline partners; such as, Thai Airways International, Thai Smile Airways, Bangkok Airways, Nok Air, and Thai AirAsia about the possibility of opening new routes connecting major cities as well as routes between secondary cities. The recent direct flight is Quang Binh- Chiang Mai launched last August. This flight will facilitate tourists from Thailand’s tourist hotspot to Vietnam’s secondary destination or vice versa.

Some of these talks have been materialised as highlighted in this ASEAN Connectivity trip, which builds on a recent ‘Explore Thailand and MORE’ fam trip for international travel agents hosted by TAT from 6 to 12 September, focusing on four key experiences that highlighted new destination combinations.

These included ‘ASEAN Romantic Treasures’, which connects Thailand’s Ko Samet, Cambodia’s Siem Reap, and Viet Nam’s Ho Chi Minh City; ‘ASEAN World Heritage Cities’ that combines Bangkok, Sukhothai and Chiang Mai in Thailand with Luang Prabang in Lao PDR; ‘ASEAN Gastronomy Local Experiences’ to showcase Thailand’s Bangkok and Ayutthaya combined with Malaysia’s Malacca and Kuala Lumpur; ‘ASEAN Kingdoms Journey’ highlighting Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Lamphun in Thailand and Mandalay in Myanmar.

This year, ASEAN celebrates the 50th anniversary since its founding, with the campaign called VISIT [email protected] To celebrate this occasion, ‘Southeast Asia’s 50 Golden Trails’ have been launched, which offer a wide of choices of routes ranging from a 4 to over 16-day journey. The recommended tour package features destinations in all 10 ASEAN countries that are easily linked together to reflect the uniqueness of ASEAN. For more details, please visit http://visitasean50.com/top-deals.

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More COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed in Thailand from 16 October 2021

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Bangkok, 16 October, 2021 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to provide an update that more COVID-19 restrictions in the dark-red zone provinces have been relaxed while additional businesses and activities have been allowed to resume operations from today (16 October, 2021).

  • Restaurants and eateries, cinemas, theatres, shopping malls, sport stadiums, and public parks are now allowed to resume normal opening hours, but must close no later than 22.00 Hrs.
  • Convenience stores, fresh markets, and flea markets are now allowed to open for all types of goods with the opening hours extended for one hour longer or until 22.00 Hrs. All 24-hour shops must close nightly from 22.00-03.00 Hrs.
  • Day-care centres for elderly people are now allowed to resume operations.
  • Hotels, exhibition halls, convention halls, trade fair centres, or similar types of venues are now allowed to open for meetings, seminars, or other types of events and ceremonies up until 22.00 Hrs.
  • Shopping malls, shopping centres, community malls, or similar establishments can also open for meetings, seminars, or other types of events and ceremonies up until 22.00 Hrs., but must not hold any sales promotional activities and continue to close the amusement parks, water parks, and gaming centres.
  • Public parks, sports stadiums, gyms, fitness centres, and all types of venues for exercise can resume normal opening hours, but no later than 22.00 Hrs.

Meanwhile, gaming centres in shopping malls, shopping centres, community malls, or similar establishments that are not located in the dark-red zone province can now resume operations.

Curfew, Interprovincial Travel & Gatherings of people

To be in effect until 31 October, 2021, the night-time curfew in the dark-red zone provinces has been reduced from 6 to 4 hours, or between 23.00-03.00 Hrs.

Public and private organisations as well as people are still prohibited to organise any activities prone to the spread of disease, but the number of attendees has been increased for each zone. Dark-red zone: No gatherings of more than 50 people (from previously 25 people). Red zone: No gatherings of more than 100 people (from previously 50 people). Orange zone: No gatherings of more than 200 people (from previously 100 people).

Travel between dark-red zone provinces and other areas can resume normal operations but must apply social distancing measures.

Entertainment venues

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, M – Mask wearing, H – Handwashing, T – Temperature check, T – Testing for COVID-19, and A – alert application.

Thailand’s colour-coding system for COVID-19 control are in place for the following provinces:

23 (down from 29) Maximum and Strict Controlled Areas or dark-red zone provinces

Central Region: Bangkok and 22 other provinces: Ayutthaya, Kanchanaburi, Nakhon Nayok, Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Ratchaburi, Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon, Samut Songkhram, and Saraburi; Eastern Region: Chachoengsao, Chanthaburi, Chon Buri, Prachin Buri, and Rayong; Northern Region: Tak, and Southern Region: Nakhon Si Thammarat, Narathiwat, Pattani, Songkhla, and Yala.

Chanthaburi and Nakhon Si Thammarat have been moved up from red to the dark-red zone.

30 (down from 37) Strict Controlled Areas or red zone provinces

Central Region: Ang Thong, Chai Nat, Lop Buri, Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Sing Buri, and Suphan Buri; Eastern Region: Sa Kaeo and Trat; Northern Region: Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Nakhon Sawan, Phichit, Phitsanulok, and Phetchabun; Northeastern Region: Chaiyaphum, Kalasin, Khon Kaen, Maha Sarakham, Nakhon Ratchasima, Si Sa Ket, Surin, Ubon Ratchathani, and Udon Thani, and Southern Region: Chumphon, Phatthalung, Ranong, Satun, Surat Thani, and Trang.

Ang Thong, Lop Buri, Nakhon Ratchasima, Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Sing Buri, and Suphan Buri have been moved down from the dark-red to red zone, while Surat Thani has been moved up from the orange zone.

24 (up from 11) Controlled Areas or orange zone provinces

Northern Region: Kamphaeng Phet, Lampang, Lamphun, Mae Hong Son, Nan, Phayao, and Phrae, Sukhothai, Uthai Thani, and Uttaradit; Northeastern Region: Amnat Charoen, Bueng Kan, Buri Ram, Loei, Mukdahan, Nakhon Phanom, Nong Bua Lam Phu, Nong Khai, Roi Et, Sakon Nakhon, and Yasothon, and Southern Region: Krabi, Phang-Nga, and Phuket.

Amnat Charoen, Buri Ram, Kamphaeng Phet, Lampang, Lamphun, Loei, Nong Bua Lam Phu, Nong Khai, Roi Et, Sakon Nakhon, Sukhothai, Uthai Thani, Uttaradit, and Yasothon have been moved down from red to orange zone.

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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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