The Thai Tourism and Sports Minister, Phuket Governor, and related tourism and hospitality agencies announced the successful pilot of the Villa Quarantine project at the Sri Panwa Hotel in Phuket after welcoming the first group of foreign tourists last month.
Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn from the Ministry of Tourism and Sports stated at a press conference this morning, March 10th, that Thailand, under the cooperation of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), the Ministry of Public Health, the Department of Disease Control of Phuket Province, and Sri Panwa Hotel, had established the first Villa Quarantine and welcomed a number of 58 foreigners from Indonesia on February 21st.
The Minister said: “Today we congratulate the success of the Villa Quarantine. It was one of the special state quarantines introduced in Thailand. The overall result was excellent. No infections of Covid-19 were found in all of the tourists. It was a great achievement for Thai tourism so far.”
“According to the tourists isolated in Sri Panwa Residence, many tourists wanted to visit Thailand a lot, especially Phuket. In 2019, Phuket tourism had generated more than 4.7 billion baht but it has plummeted in 2020 to about 8 hundred million baht. It is expected that in 2023-2024, Thailand overall will be able to recover and improve all aspects of tourism, from both Thai and foreign tourists, of not less than 3.01 trillion baht.”
Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew added that Phuket currently has a total of 252 foreign and Thai travelers who entered the Kingdom and performed a state quarantine at Phuket’s ASQ hotels. The first 4,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccinations have been completed so far.
More than 68,000 shots will be planned for vaccinations against Covid-19 from March to May and will be given to medical personnel, related officials involved in the control of the spread of Covid-19, people with underlying disease, as well as employees in establishments related to the tourism business such as hotels, tour guides, entertainment places, massage parlors, spas, convenience stores, etc.
TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn further said that the first group of tourists has received a certificate of quarantine for a certain period of time after they finished the quarantine in order to be able to travel across the country, particularly to Phuket, Phang Nga, Bangkok, Ayutthaya, and Chiang Mai for one month.
“The success of Villa Quarantine will be adapted to other types of quarantine, particularly in the tourism business. We believe that this project can continue to proceed across the country and will, directly and indirectly, generate income for tourism operators in the area as a way to revive the tourism industry and domestic economy of Thailand,” he concluded.
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