Thai capital gets go-ahead to reopen tourism industry

Updated: Oct 2, 2021

THAILAND: The Tourism and Sports Ministry is also looking to reopen the whole country, quarantine-free, by January 2022.

In the proposed plans for Bangkok, fully vaccinated international’s tourists will be able to travel there from 1 October 2021. Other Thai cities that will reopen alongside Bangkok are the tourism centres of Pattaya and Hua Hin.

"Thailand has continued to make significant progress in the vaccination of the country’s population, since the mass rollout began on 7 June," the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said.

As of the end of August, 11.2% or 7.78 million people in Thailand had been fully vaccinated, with close to 90% of Bangkok residents already receiving their first of two injections.

This move will complement the Thailand Sandbox initiative that begun in July 2021 and required travelers to stay 14 days before moving between provinces in Thailand. More than 2,700 international travelers have reportedly visited Thailand under that initiative.

While it's good news for travelers, it's even better news for thousands of tourism and hospitality workers who had been stood down throughout the pandemic. More than 366,000 hotel rooms were reserved in Phuket between July and August this year, while 95,997 hotel reservations have been made in September.

According to Statista, in 2020 there were around 4.37 million people that worked in the tourism sector in Thailand. Moreover, a 2021 study done by Universum revealed that the Tourism and Hospitality sector remained the top choice for Thai graduates with 27% saying that they would opt to work in the industry.

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