Thailand fully reopens with free visa waiver extended to 45 days

As Thailand prepares to welcome tourists back in droves and without any restrictions, the free visa exemption has been extended from 30 to 45 days, which allows (after a 30-day extension) to carry out a stay in Thailand 75 days without a visa. Read the rest of Thailand fully reopens with free visa waiver extended to 45 days on Thailand Business News
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Thailand shelves 300-baht tourism fee

Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn announced that the ministry has decided to withdraw the proposal to implement a tourism fee in order to conduct additional research on the matter Read the rest of Thailand shelves 300-baht tourism fee on Thailand Business News
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Will Thailand’s plan for quarantine-free tourism set a global trend?

As part of plans to stimulate a rebound in tourism, some countries have moved to waive compulsory quarantine for international travellers who have received a coronavirus vaccine.

In late March it was announced that, as of July 1, foreigners visiting the popular Thai holiday island of Phuket will be exempt from quarantine upon arrival if they have received two vaccine doses.

– As of July 1, vaccinated travellers to Phuket will be exempt from mandatory quarantine– The strategy is being combined with mass vaccinations to trigger a recovery in tourism– The plan could provide a blueprint for the successful resumption of international travel– Governments are increasingly looking towards travel bubbles and quarantine exemptions

Local officials also stated that after one week in Phuket without showing symptoms – and testing negative – tourists would then be able to travel to the rest of the country.

A significant turnaround in Thailand’s pandemic s…
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Thailand sends ‘Miss You’ message to the world

Bangkok, 11 March, 2021   – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has launched its latest in a series of TVCs, with the new one ‘Miss You’ sending out an emotional message to people around the world that Thailand cannot wait to welcome everyone back in the not-too-distant-future.

The TVC, while conveying a message of how much Thailand misses international visitors, also pulls at the heart strings of any viewer who is longing to return and experience the people, culture, and beaches of Thailand once again.

It starts with images of a paper airplane flying into the sunset and over a sea of mist. That fades into a stunning sunset image over Phang Nga Bay before cutting to a sequence of azure seas, colourful coral reefs, and a yacht anchored offshore at sunset.

The Thailand nostalgia tour continues with an overhead drone shot of cyclists on a winding evergreen mountain road, a woman skipping through sunflower fields in full bloom, and a …

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Covid-19 wiped out USD 1.3 trillion in tourism revenues in 2020

Destinations worldwide welcomed 1 billion fewer international arrivals in 2020 than in the previous year, due to an unprecedented fall in demand and widespread travel restrictions. This compares with the 4% decline recorded during the 2009 global economic crisis.

According to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, the collapse in international travel represents an estimated loss of USD 1.3 trillion in export revenues – more than 11 times the loss recorded during the 2009 global economic crisis. The crisis has put between 100 and 120 million direct tourism jobs at risk, many of them in small and medium-sized enterprises.

Asia and the Pacific (-84%) – the first region to suffer the impact of the pandemic and the one with the highest level of travel restrictions currently in place – recorded the largest decrease in arrivals in 2020 (300 million fewer).

While much has been made in making safe international t…

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Wish you were here: how the pandemic harmed tourism-dependent economies

In 1950, at the dawn of the jet age, just 25 million people took foreign trips. By 2019, that number had reached 1.5 billion, and the travel and tourism sector had grown to almost too-big-to-fail proportions for many economies.

The global pandemic, the first of its scale in a new era of interconnectedness, has put 100 million jobs at risk, many in micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises that employ a high share of women, who represent 54 percent of the tourism workforce, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

Tourism-dependent countries will likely feel the negative impacts of the crisis for much longer than other economies. Contact-intensive services key to the tourism and travel sectors are disproportionately affected by the pandemic and will continue to struggle until people feel safe to travel en masse again.

“There is no way we can grow our way out of this hole we are in,” Irwin LaRocque, secretary-gener…

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The Expat Community in Krabi

The spectacular province of Krabi is located in Southern Thailand, alongside the pristine waters of the Andaman Ocean and in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Benefiting from a glorious tropical climate, it is a genuine paradise for those lucky enough to live there. (more…)
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