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New Covid infection thwarts Thailand’s reopening plan

Not happening : Thailand’s plan to reopen the resort island of Phuket to welcome back foreign visitors has been shelved indefinitely.

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The government’s plan to reopen the resort island of Phuket as a model to welcome back foreign visitors has been shelved, as the country last week logged the first case of local Covid-19 infection more than 100 days.

The Tourism and Sports Minister, Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, has traveled to Phuket to seek views and suggestions from local residents concerning plans to reopen the province to foreign tourists. Their input will be submitted to Prime Minister and Defense Minister, Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, for consideration.

Under the Phuket model, floated by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, about 200 visitors from Australia and New Zealand would be allowed to travel to Phuket. However, they must first test negative for the virus in their country of origin and stay in quarantine for 14 days at designated places in Phuket.

But after meeting Phuket residents, the Tourism and Sports Minister said they wanted a public hearing to take place because a number of people disagreed with the plan to reopen the province to foreign tourists.

Meanwhile, the government is also organizing trips to Phuket and other provinces for expats and diplomats. Recently, the government arranged a tour for this group to visit Khung Bang Kachao in Phra Pradaeng district, Samut Prakan province. 

Last week, a 37-year-old male prison inmate was tested positive for Covid-19 during 14-day quarantine after being sent to jail on Aug 26 for a drug offence. He worked as a DJ at two branches of the Sam Wan Song Khuen pub, one in Bangkok and the other in Nonthaburi, and visited a venue on Khao San Road.

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International tourist arrivals were down 72% in Asia-Pacific from January to June

As the following chart shows, international tourist arrivals were down 65 percent globally for the five months ending May 2020 compared to the same period of 2019.

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Earlier this year, the UN’s World Tourism Organization published estimates on how big the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on international tourist arrivals could be.

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Hotel manager in Thailand sends unhappy customer to prison

An American expat working in Thailand, is facing two years in prison after leaving a negative review on a Tripadvisor page for Sea View Resort on Koh Chang Island.

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Picture from Sea View Resort & Spa Koh Chang TripAdvisor page.

What started as an ordinary case of a disgruntled customer asked to pay 500 baht (around $15) for a corkage fee in a seaside resort, ended in a full-fledged and worldwide PR disaster.

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Thailand allows six new groups of foreigners to enter the Kingdom

The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has approved the motion to allow six groups of people to come to Thailand.

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BANGKOK (NNT) – The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has approved several measures related to COVID-19 prevention measures.

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