Dusida Worrachaddejchai

Ministry pushes for Test & Go redux

Ministry pushes for Test & Go redux 8m arrivals forecast if scheme restarts Foreign tourists arriving at Suvarnabhumi airport have their documents checked upon arrival. The resumption of the Test & Go scheme is expected to drive the volume of tourist arrivals in 2022. (Photo: Wichan Charoenkiatpakul) The expected resumption of the Test & Go tourism […]Read More

Airlines eye revival of Test & Go scheme

Aircraft of AirAsia, Nok Air and Thai Lion Air at Don Mueang airport. (Photo by Pattarapong Chatpattarasill) The Airlines Association of Thailand (AAT) hopes the government resumes the Test & Go scheme as soon as possible to support a tourism recovery. Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth, president of the AAT and Bangkok Airways, said the Test & Go […]Read More

Rising caseloads batter travel sentiment

A woman receives a Covid-19 nasal swab test from a health worker wearing a full PPE suit in Nonthaburi province. (Photo: Pattarapong Chatpattarasill) The private sector is concerned about travel sentiment after domestic trips mostly stopped because of higher daily Covid caseloads and a lack of purchasing power as living costs hike. La-Iad Bungsrithong, president […]Read More

Call for delay of new tourist entry fee

Call for delay of new tourist entry fee 300-baht charge set for April Foreign tourists arrive at Suvarnabhumi airport following the country’s reopening to vaccinated arrivals on Nov 1, 2021. (Photo: Wichan Charoenkiatpakul) The new 300-baht tourism fee due to take effect in April is drawing mixed reactions from tourism operators as the recovery remains tepid […]Read More

Omicron stymies tourism recovery

Even though the tourism industry has started to see optimism from the country’s reopening on Nov 1 last year, a fresh whiplash in travel sentiment from Omicron variant has put the brakes on recovery prospects in 2022. There remain challenges for business to quickly adapt to weather the storm. The most likely scenario for Thai […]Read More

Phuket preps hotel guest isolation

Phuket preps hotel guest isolation Scheme aims to continue tourism published : 5 Jan 2022 at 05:33 A man walks through the arrival area at Phuket airport on Nov 1, 2021. (AFP photo) Hoteliers in Phuket are preparing to offer hotel isolation for asymptomatic guests to keep the island’s reopening operational despite a spike in Omicron […]Read More

McKinsey predicts recovery by 2024

McKinsey predicts recovery by 2024 published : 29 Dec 2021 at 04:00 Thai tourism revenue may recover to pre-pandemic levels by 2024, though attracting “quality” travellers from new source markets is essential for a pronounced rebound, according to new research by McKinsey and Company. “Projections are always challenging from the evolving nature of the pandemic, […]Read More

Pleas issued for sandbox inclusion

Pleas issued for sandbox inclusion Call for clarity on scheme’s status published : 23 Dec 2021 at 05:40 Tourism operators in popular destinations are urging the government to include their areas in the sandbox programme as only Phuket is allowed that privilege now. Suvarnabhumi airport has received the most arrivals since November, so Bangkok and […]Read More