Hua Hin opts for Phuket approach
The program targets 100,000 arrivals in the last quarter
Hua Hin Beach in 2018 (Photo: Chaiwat Sadyaem)
Hua Hin’s plan to reopen has adopted the no-quarantine approach to Phuket’s sandbox, while the tourism industry is confident that collective immunity will be achieved by the reopening scheduled for October 1.
Krod Rojanastien, president of the Thai Spa Association and head of the Hua Hin Recharge program, said he would use the same model as Phuket but on a smaller scale.
As of August 30, the vaccination rate reached 55% of the 90,564 inhabitants of Hua Hin Municipality, of whom 59.2% received the first vaccine and 22.2% were fully vaccinated.
Mr Krod said he would meet with Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn to help allocate 30,000 to 40,000 doses by this month.
The goal of welcoming 100,000 international travelers, generating 1.2 billion baht, in the fourth quarter despite the challenge posed by the pandemic in Thailand which has triggered travel warnings from several countries.
“If the infection rate in Thailand continues to decline and many countries put Thailand back on the safe country list, we can expect a rebound in travel over the past three months,” Krod said.
Meanwhile, Hua Hin operators are working with the Ministry of Public Health and the Ministry of Transportation to accommodate private jets via Hua Hin Airport.
Spending tourists who can afford private jets are also a key market for wellness tourism in Hua Hin, if the airport is prepared with security protocols.
Hua Hin hotels, with only 56 open out of a total of 200, apply for Safety and Health Administration (SHA) Plus.
âWe need to create diverse packages to attract tourists such as golf, wellness and community tourism,â Mr. Krod said.
Tourists can travel independently or book packages under Hua Hin Recharge, which covers 86.3 square kilometers between Hua Hin Municipality and Nong Kae District.
He said that if tourists escape from the reopened area, there will be no penalty for them, but investigations by operators will be carried out on a case-by-case basis.
As part of the standard operating procedures project, vaccinated tourists must take an RT-PCR test at the airport and will be transferred directly to the hotel. They can move freely in Hua Hin after getting a negative test result.