The Tourism and Sports Ministry of Thailand has called for a meeting with the country’s leading hotel executives to seek recovery solutions as it is planning a two-year revival plan dubbed “Thailand Tourism Year“. Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, the tourism and sports minister, said the hospitality industry has been crippled by the pandemic. The ministry arranged a… Continue reading Hoteliers Brainstorming Ideas to Recovery Tourism and Hospitality Industry
Thailand’s success in containing Covid-19 has come at a price: huge losses of income from foreign visitors. To lure overseas visitors and give the tourism industry a shot in the arm, the government introduced a special tourist visa (STV) scheme and recently approved a guideline for foreign tourists and crews of foreign super-yachts looking to… Continue reading Phuket, Thailand Applies to Reopen for Super Yachts
People who rent out properties on Airbnb have earned an estimated US$150 million from some of the biggest sporting events around the world, according to new data released by the accommodation sharing platform. Forty-four percent of Airbnb hosts surveyed globally say they have hosted guests travelling for a sporting event, the company said.
The Thailand’s ‘Special Tourist Visa‘ (STV) scheme is starting to gain momentum as overseas offices under the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) report high interest from tour agents. After the cabinet approved the STV scheme last week, all TAT offices in Europe received a number of calls and emails asking for more details about the… Continue reading Thailand Special Tourist Visa (STV) Provisions Prompt TAT Inquiries
People will be eagerly following the expected launch of the world’s first travel bubble later this month, which will enable people who test negative for Covid-19 to travel between Hong Kong and Singapore on designated flights without having to go through quarantine. If successful, the initiative could help pave the way for reopening travel and… Continue reading Building Safe Travel Bubbles
Setting up travel bubbles between low-risk countries without quarantine requirements is crucial to help the tourism industry, as there is pent-up demand for outbound trips, says the Thai Travel Agents Association (TTAA). Suthiphong Pheunphiphop, the TTAA president, said if there is no rapid escalation of cases in Thailand or overseas, tourism sentiment could gradually improve… Continue reading Thai Travel Agents Association Urges Quarantine-Free Tourism
Property developer Cissa Group and V Plast Medical Group plan to spend 3.5 billion baht for a wellness hospital and resort development, Natai Medical Center & Resort, in Phangnga to tap individual investors. Autthanop Pandkamnerd, Cissa chief executive, said the global wellness economy has a tremendous market, valued at US$4.5 trillion. For medical tourism alone,… Continue reading Wellness Hospital and Resort Project, Natai Medical Center & Resort in Phangnga
In Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Masque of the Red Death,” the kingdom of Prince Prospero has been hit by a terrible plague. After the Red Death has killed half the population, Prospero summons “a thousand hale and lighthearted friends from among the knights and dames of his court” to a secluded abbey, well-provisioned with resources… Continue reading Gig Economy Workers will keep Working through the Coronavirus. They have No Choice.
A plan to gradually open the country to tourists will be a boon for property sales in Phuket, following a slump due to travel restrictions that keep travellers at home, according to an online property marketplace. Stuart Coakley, director of the Property Discount Centre Thailand, applauded the government’s decision to welcome tourists under the special… Continue reading Special Tourist Visa (STV) to Revive Phuket Property Market
The Immigration Bureau (IB) is expediting the processing of travel documents of tourists aboard more than 10 foreign yachts stranded in international waters to allow them to enter Thailand. Pol Maj Gen Achayon Kraithong, the IB’s deputy commander, said more than 10 yachts off Thailand’s coast have asked the IB for permission to let tourists,… Continue reading Immigration Bureau assists Tourists Stranded on Yachts