Phuket, Thailand Applies to Reopen for Super Yachts

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

Airbnb and Sports: a Winning Combination

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.

Building Safe Travel Bubbles

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

Peloton, Pizza and Videogames Grow in ‘Stay at Home’ World

Consumers are redeploying their travel and entertainment budgets during the Covid-19 pandemic Consumers holed up during the coronavirus pandemic redirected their travel and entertainment dollars toward pizza, videogames, home-exercise equipment and luxury goods, according to several companies that provided business updates Thursday.

Thai Travel Agents Association Urges Quarantine-Free Tourism

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

Wellness Hospital and Resort Project, Natai Medical Center & Resort in Phangnga

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

Special Tourist Visa (STV) to Revive Phuket Property Market

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

Thailand Tourism looks to China Tour Bubble

Thailand Tourism is hoping for a travel bubble with China as a New Year’s present for the tourism industry, planning to welcome them as the first group without a mandatory quarantine during Chinese New Year. Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, The Tourism and Sports Ministry of Thailand will hold a meeting with the Chinese embassy to discuss the… Continue reading Thailand Tourism looks to China Tour Bubble

Immigration Bureau assists Tourists Stranded on Yachts

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