international tourism companies in Thailand have launched a campaign to
reopen the country’s borders from 1 July 2021.
The #OpenThailandSafely campaign was launched on 2 March with the support of
over 15 major companies including YAANA Ventures, Minor Group, Asian
Trails, Capella Hotels and Resorts, EXO, and many others. [The full
launch list is here]
The Open Thailand Safely campaign has laid out its arguments in a
petition which will underpin a formal request to the Royal Thai
Government to respond favorably to the rollout of Covid-19 vaccination
programs underway in Europe, USA and other Thailand tourism source
The petition is open to anyone in Thailand or around the world who would
like to see the country reopen.
The campaign argues that 1 July is an appropriate date for five reasons:
the majority of citizens in many source markets will have been vaccinated
by then; it gives time to Thai medical authorities to vaccinate both
front line staff in hospitality settings in Thailand and/or vulnerable
citizens around the country; it gives international travelers time to
make travel plans and bookings; the date gives time to airlines, hotels,
tour operators and others to start marketing and sales and get ready for
tourism operations to commence; and it will take Thailand at least a
year, and maybe longer, to return to the large numbers of international
visitors that it had before the Covid-19 crisis.
To ensure the safe reopening of Thailand, the petition argues that
“international tourists can be asked to satisfy any safeguards the Thai
Government may require. This may, for example, include 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.”
#OpenThailandSafely was the initiative of leading Bangkok-based private
sector travel companies YAANA Ventures, Minor Group and Asian Trails.
The CEO of YAANA
Ventures, Willem Niemeijer said: “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.”
In the coming days, the Open Thailand Safely campaign will also send the
1st July request to Thailand Prime Minister General
Prayut Chan-o-cha, the Minister of Tourism and Sports, Mr Phiphat
Ratchakitprakarn, and the Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand,
Mr Yuthasak Supasorn.
According to the Bank of Thailand and official sources in Thailand,
tourism, pre-Covid, was worth about 2.9 trillion baht (US$96.5 billion).
Some 39.7 million international visitors in 2019 helped sustain up to 8.3 million jobs. However, arrivals fell
to 6.7 million in 2020 making between two and four million people
Meanwhile, destinations such as Seychelles, Maldives, Greece and Sri
Lanka have either opened borders already or are in discussions to do so
in light of successful Covid vaccine rollouts in their key source
People can sign the petition for Thailand to reopen on 1 July at www.OpenThailandSafely.org.
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