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TAT highlights sustainability Best Practices in Nordic countries Road Show

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) highlighted examples of sustainability best practices being undertaken by the tourism industry nationwide

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Stockholm, 7 September 2019 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) highlighted examples of sustainability best practices being undertaken by the tourism industry nationwide at its Amazing Thailand Road Show in Nordic and Baltic countries during 1-5 September, 2019.

The roadshow was held in Vilnius (Lithuania) on 3 September, Riga (Latvia) on 4 September, and Stockholm (Sweden) on 5 September. The 23-member delegation included representatives of hotels and resorts (20), tour operators (1) and airlines (2).

The three cities chosen for the roadshow are part of TAT’s strategy to tap the rich potential of first-time visitors from emerging European cities and repeat travellers from primary cities to boost the market in this coming winter season.

TAT’s marketing concept “Open to the New Shades of Thailand” was presented at the events to local tour operators, travel agencies and the media.

Her Royal Highness Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Barnavadi also graciously accepted to preside over the Amazing Thai Night 2019 on 5 September in Stockholm.

H.E. Mr. Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, Minister of Tourism and Sports met buyers during the roadshow in Sweden to thank them for the continuing support of the Thai tourism industry and ensure the friendship of the two kingdoms would be long-lasting.

He also mentioned about pushing the tourism policy in the direction of quality tourism, which included strengthening safety and security along with highlighting sustainability tourism around the country.

Sustainability at the top of TAT’s agenda

“As TAT gears up to mark our 60th anniversary in 2020, sustainability is at the top of our agenda. As all the roadshow cities have populations with high levels of environmental consciousness, we felt it would be a good opportunity showcase all the great work that is being done, reflecting Thai culture, the environmental mindset, and innovative design.”

TAT Governor Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn

Some of the off-the-beaten-track destinations being introduced include “Hua Ta Khe” on the outskirts of Bangkok but still preserving its way of life where visitors can make their own kites from tree leaves; Bang Krachao in Bangkok’s neighbouring province of Samut Prakan, but known as “The Lung of Bangkok”; Ko Mak an outstanding low carbon destination in the Eastern province of Trat; Khao Sok in Surat Thani, an ideal place to have a digital detox, and Thale Noi in Phatthalung province, home of the world-class Ramsar Site, well known for its natural habitat and flora and fauna.

TAT to highlight sustainability Best Practices in Amazing Thailand Road Show to Nordic and Baltic Countries

On the dining table, all the elegant floral decorations were made from environmentally-friendly raw materials, including small celadon pots containing Dok Kluea, or salt flowers, table napkins organically dyed with mangosteen leaves, and also a fashion show of native fabric from Chiang Rai province, Thailand’s northernmost province was presented.

Mr. Yuthasak also noted moves; such as, the ban on single-use plastic and foam at every national park in Thailand, and their replacement with cloth bags and lunch box for tourists.

He cited the temporary closure of Maya Bay, a top Thai beach destination, to facilitate the recovery of the marine life, and the provision of nets to operators of long-tail boats in Krabi to collect debris to bring back to shore for proper disposal.

TAT has also launched a series of campaigns in cooperation with numerous public and private sector partners; such as, the “Upcycling the Oceans” and “Trash Hero” volunteers to collect plastic debris from the ocean and transform it into thread to make shirts, bags, and shoes.

Another project is the ‘National Cleaning Declaration’ cooperative campaign with the Thai Hotels Association (THA) to encourage all hotels nationwide to reduce single-use plastic materials and replace them with locally made biodegradable products.

Mr. Yuthasak said, “I am also happy to report that our private sector delegation includes hotels and resorts located in nearly all these Best-Practise destinations. It is always good business practise to support those entrepreneurs and investors who seek to safeguard the Planet as much as their Profit.”

Thailand and Sweden have enjoyed strong diplomatic relations for more than 150 years. Thailand remains one of the most popular destinations in Asia for Swedish travellers. Swedish visitors have the highest length of stay at 19 days with a very high repeat-travel factor.

In 2018, Thailand welcomed 311,959 Swedish visitors, Latvia (58,129), and Lithuania (17,612) generating an estimated 717 million Euros (27.27 billion Baht), 26 million Euros (1.004 billion Baht), and 44.5 million Euros (1.694 billion Baht) in tourism revenue, receptively.

In January-July 2019, Thailand received 173,111 Swedish visitors generating an estimated 15.499 billion Baht in tourism revenue.

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Thailand to lift quarantine for vaccinated visitors from low-risk countries from November

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Thailand to lift quarantine for vaccinated visitors from low-risk countries from November

Bangkok, 12 October, 2021

Thai Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha in a nationally televised broadcast last night announced that Thailand planned to allow fully vaccinated foreign visitors to enter Thailand by air with no quarantine requirements from 1 November.

In the initial phase, Thailand will allow fully vaccinated travellers from at least 10 low-risk countries, including China, Germany, Singapore, the UK and USA. The list will be expanded from 1 December, and further enhanced to a very extensive list from 1 January.

Under the plan, fully vaccinated foreign visitors from the approved countries will need to show that they are COVID-free at their time of travel with an RT-PCR test undertaken before they leave their home country, and do a test in Thailand, after which they will be free to move around Thailand in the same way that any Thai citizen can do, the Prime Minister said.

Visitors from countries not on the list, will, of course, still be much welcomed, but with quarantine and other requirements.

In addition, the Prime Minister said consumption of alcoholic beverages in restaurants as well as the operation of entertainment venues under appropriate health precautions would be allowed from 1 December.

Below is the full speech by the Prime Minister.

National Address of the Prime Minister of Thailand

“THAILAND WILL WELCOME QUARANTINE-FREE VISITORS”

Monday 11 October, 2021

My fellow citizens, brothers and sisters:

In the last one-and-half years, we have lived with some of the greatest peacetime challenges our country has ever faced in its history, brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, and one that has left nobody untouched and no country in the world undamaged.

It has been one of the most painful experiences in my life, too: to make decisions that balance the saving of lives with the saving of livelihoods – a choice that is not always clearly separate, and where we may save lives, but commit those lives to the unbearable pain of trying to survive with little or no income; or where we may save livelihoods but commit one’s family, friends and neighbours to loss of life and the loss of their breadwinner.

In facing this terrible choice, it was my decision that we could not allow a slow, wait-and-see approach to confronting the pandemic and let it claim the lives of so many of our countrymen and women, as we, ultimately, saw happen in so many other countries.

As a result, I acted decisively on the advice of many of our outstanding public health experts to make our country one of the first in the world to move quickly with lockdowns and tight regulations.

With the collaboration of all sectors of society, and with everyone joining hands to face this crisis together, we have been among the most successful countries in the world in saving lives. 

But it has come at very great sacrifices of lost livelihoods, lost savings, and destroyed businesses – what we have all given up so that our mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, children, friends and neighbours may live for today.

The threat of a large scale, lethal spread of the virus in Thailand is now diminishing, even though the risk of resurgence is always there, and even though there are still serious constraints on our hospital and medical staff capacities. 

The time has come for us to ready ourselves to face the coronavirus and live with it as with other endemic infections and diseases, much as we have learnt to live with other diseases with treatments and vaccinations.

Today, I would like to announce the first small but important step in decisively beginning the process of trying to restore our livelihoods.

During the last weeks some of Thailand’s most important tourist source countries have begun to ease their travel restrictions on their citizens – countries like the UK, that now allow convenient travel to our country, as well as countries like Singapore and Australia that have started to ease travel restrictions on their citizens visiting other countries.

With these developments, we must act quickly but still cautiously, and not miss the opportunity to entice some of the year-end and New Year holiday season travellers during the next few months to support the many millions of people who earn a living from our tourism, travel and entertainment sectors as well as the many other related sectors.

I have, therefore, instructed the CCSA and the Ministry of Public Health to urgently consider within this week to allow, as of 1 November, international visitors to enter Thailand without any requirement for quarantine if they are fully vaccinated and arrive by air from low-risk countries.

All that visitors will need do is to show that they are COVID-free at their time of travel with an RT-PCR test undertaken before they leave their home country, and do a test in Thailand, after which they will be free to move around Thailand in the same way that any Thai citizen can do.

Initially, we will begin with at least 10 countries on our low-risk, no-quarantine list, including the United Kingdom, Singapore, Germany, China, and the United States of America, and enlarge that list by 1 December, and, by 1 January move to a very extensive list.

Visitors from countries not on the list, will, of course, still be much welcomed, but with quarantine and other requirements.

By 1 December, we will also consider allowing the consumption of alcoholic beverages in restaurants as well as the operation of entertainment venues under appropriate health precautions to support the revitalisation of the tourism and leisure sectors, especially as we approach the New Year period.

I know this decision comes with some risk.  It is almost certain that we will see a temporary rise in serious cases as we relax these restrictions.  We will have to track the situation very carefully, and see how to contain and live with that situation because I do not think that the many millions who depend on the income generated by the travel, leisure, and entertainment sector can possibly afford the devastating blow of a second lost new year holiday period. 

But if, in the months ahead, we see an unexpected emergence of a highly dangerous new variant of the virus, then, of course, we must also act accordingly and proportionately when we see the threat.  We know that this virus has surprised the world several times, and we must be ready for it to do so again. 

In mid-June of this year, I had set a 120-day goal for quarantine-free entry into Thailand and to accelerate our vaccinations.

I would like to take this opportunity to recognise the extraordinary achievements of our public health workers, other officials and all citizens for their response to my appeal in June.

After we adopted the 120-day goal, extraordinary efforts were made to increase our supply of vaccines and compete with many other countries to get deliveries.  And they were very successful.  Our vaccine deliveries jumped threefold, from around 4 million doses in May to almost 12 million in July… then to almost 14 million in August, and will now run at over 20 million a month until the end of the year, totalling over 170 million doses, far ahead of the goals I had set.

Similarly, our public health staff worked tirelessly to accelerate vaccinations to support our 120-day goal, and the public gave great cooperation to register for vaccinations despite the inconveniences that may have been caused in scheduling.  As a result, our daily vaccinations, which were running at around 80,000 doses a day in May, shot up immediately.  One month after our goal-setting, our public health team tripled the number of shots being administering a day, and they kept increasing that number until Thailand rose to be among the fastest ten countries in the world for administering shots!  Currently, they have frequently been administering more than 700,000 shots a day, and sometimes even exceeding one million shots a day.

Shortly after my address to the nation in mid-June setting our goal for quarantine-free entry into Thailand in 120 days, the world was struck by the highly infectious Delta variant.  Worldwide cases spiked up and peaked in August, just as they did in Thailand, and few thought that it would be possible to achieve any quarantine-free entry into Thailand this year.

The fact that we can begin quarantine-free entry in November, and despite many countries still trying to contain Delta variant infections with restrictions on the travel of their citizens is a great tribute to the unity of purpose and determined response to my appeal by the public health services, by many other government departments, by the private sector, and by the cooperation given by citizens in all matters.

Our nation has performed an extraordinary feat in the last months that we can all be very proud about everyone’s enormous contributions to those achievements.  These achievements, coupled with the gradual relaxation of other countries’ travel restrictions, now enables us to begin the process of quarantine-free entry into Thailand.

Thank you.

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