Eight prominent Thailand tourism associations urge government to accelerate country opening and vaccine allocation in tourism businesses

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Eight prominent tourism associations in Thailand have proposed a vaccine management plan to the Thai government to accelerate the opening of pilot provinces of Phuket and Samui islands as soon as July 1st.

The associations – including Tourism Council Of Thailand, the Association of Thai Travel Agents (ATTA), The International Air Transport Association (IATA), Thai Airline Association, Thai Spa Association, and Thailand Airline Business Association – had summited a letter to the Ministry of Tourism and Sports earlier this week, March 25th, stressing vaccine management and the country’s opening plans to welcome foreign tourists.

The demands were categorized into six topics as follows:

  1. By July 1, the border reopening to welcome selected foreigners should be implemented in the pilot area of Phuket and Samui

2. The government should accelerate the sufficient distribution of Covid-19 vaccines to 70 percent of the population living in the pilot tourism areas

3. The government should urgently consider allowing the private sector to purchase and distribute vaccinationss to local people

4. The government should accelerate the vaccine allocation towards 1 million employees in the hotel and airline businesses by June to build confidence among foreign tourists prior to the reopening

5. The government should make an announcement of the exact time frame to welcome foreign tourists in the pilot provinces, starting on July 1. They should also consider preparing to negotiate with other target countries for a travel bubble agreement

6. The government should consider approving the use of the IATA Travel Pass, a worldwide renowned travel application that is able to verify and validate the authenticity of the Covid-19 test certificate and the Covid-19 vaccine certificate.

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