The most popular tourist destination, Thailand is set to open its doors to tourists from next month. The country says a higher vaccination rate could help attract more foreign visitors and boost the economy that was struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thailand’s capital Bangkok and Chiang Mai and the resorts of Pattaya, Cha-Am and Hua Hin will reopen from October 1, according to a report by Bloomberg.Also Read – Vietnam’s largest city to resume most activities from October 1
Other destinations, including Chiang Rai, Koh Chang and Koh Kood, could also reopen for fully vaccinated tourists from mid-October, with travel bubbles planned with neighboring countries next year, an official said. of the Ministry of Tourism. Bloomberg. Also Read – COVID-19: Delhi Government School Teachers, Staff Should Be Treated As On Leave, If Not Vaccinated By THIS date
The decision to reopen is designed to complement Thailand’s Sandbox initiative, which launched in July this year. Sandbox was the first step in reviving the country’s tourism industry. The head of the Ministry of Tourism further stated that the initiative had been a great success. Also read – Time to worry again? India registers 23,529 new COVID cases, 24% more than yesterday
According to reports, around 26,000 international travelers have visited Thailand as part of the Sandbox initiative. The initiative allows fully vaccinated tourists to enjoy destinations such as Phuket and other cities in Thailand. Tourists were allowed to stay in hotels approved by the tourism authority.
Thanks to the Sandbox initiative, the tourism industry achieved a turnover of 1.6 billion baht ($ 49 million). Phuket officials said. Less than 1% of visitors have tested positive for the virus even though local infections have increased, Bloomberg reported.
Thailand vaccinated around 14 percent of its population and 35 percent received their first vaccine.