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Tourism groups in Thailand petition to reopen country to international travelers

Thailand’s tourism sector needs to reopen the country to guests this summer time. 

On Tuesday, tourism groups in Thailand launched the #OpenThailandSafely marketing campaign, asking the country to enable travelers with proof of a COVID-19 vaccine into the country with out quarantine necessities by July 1. 

“As Thailand is starting to vaccinate its most vulnerable and its healthcare workers, we believe that now is the time to announce a firm and irreversible date to reopen its borders,” a petition to the Thai authorities says. “This will give confidence to international travelers and encourage them to book a trip to Thailand.”

“Thai tourism operators, especially those reliant on international travel, would then be able to start business planning, accept forward bookings, start to rehire staff, and conduct training programs,” the petition provides. “Without a firm commitment to reopening made now, Thailand may lose all of 2021 as travelers will make plans for alternative destinations.”

The petition – which is looking for 100,000 signatures to be despatched to the Thai Prime Minister, the Minister of Tourism and Sports and the Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand – has 2,268 supporters as of Tuesday evening.

According to a letter printed with the marketing campaign, Thailand tourism and associated industries have been “decimated” by the closure of international journey into the country due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

“The financial, social, physical and psychological health of Thai people has been adversely affected,” the letter stated. “The disruption of travel has not just impacted tourism, but also torn families apart and greatly reduced international trade.”

“The current situation is unsustainable,” the letter added.

Campaign organizers imagine that by July 1, vaccines can be extensively accessible “in many source markets,” in accordance to the letter. 

Organizers additionally imagine that if the federal government makes a dedication now to opening its borders for travelers by July 1, that may give individuals sufficient time to plan and e book their journey, it’ll give tourism firms sufficient time to put together to restart operations and it’ll give the Thai authorities sufficient time to vaccinated entrance line well being care employees and susceptible residents.

“It will take Thailand at least a year, and maybe a lot longer, to return to the large numbers of international visitors that it had before the Covid-19 crisis,” the letter stated.

In the letter, marketing campaign organizers additionally prompt a number of potential “safeguards” that international travelers might be requested to observe in order to go to the country, together with “showing officially recognized proof of a Covid-19 vaccination from their home country, purchasing health insurance, showing proof of a negative Covid test within 72 hours of departure, and so on,” the letter stated.

“The 1 July reopening would be a strategic opportunity for Thailand to show a leadership role among Asian countries and prepare the way for a solid recovery of the Thai economy in 2022,” the letter added.

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