Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports and the Ministry of Public Health have agreed to introduce to the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) a new tourism proposal of welcoming foreign golfers from 4 Asian countries to Thailand.
Tourism and Sports Minister, Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, told the press yesterday, November 7, that the proposal was introduced due to the high demand from foreign golfers, particularly from South Korea, Japan, China, and Taiwan, who have expressed their desire to travel to the country and to practice the sport along with maintaining social distance.
The sport tourists will be able to perform state quarantine at Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) and Alternative Local State Quarantine (ALSQ) nationwide where golf courses are provided as well.
The ASQ/ALSQ accommodations at golf courses will be different from the regular ASQ/ALSQ hotels as golfers can leave their rooms to enjoy the sport during the isolation while keeping social distance with other players. More regulations might be implemented in order to maintain social distance among the tourists if the agenda is approved, according to the Minister.
Phiphat said: “The Korean ambassador had paid me a visit last week and asked me why not introduce golf courses in the country as an alternative facility for state quarantine since there were more than 1,000 young golfers from South Korea traveling to Thailand every year for at least 3 months to practice for competitions.”
The proposal for golfers will be suggested to the CCSA for official consideration next Wednesday, November 11, including the reduction of 14-days quarantine.
Five golf courses in Nakhon Ratchasima, Chiang Mai, Lamphun, Saraburi, and Kanchanaburi have initially registered as the ALSQ accommodation. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports aims to add more than 30 golf courses nationwide, with approximately 5,000 rooms, to join the ALSQ accommodation.
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