Tourism operators slam government as re-opening postponed to November

Tourism operators have expressed frustration as Thailand’s re-opening is pushed back a month, primarily due to inadequate vaccination levels. The re-opening of Bangkok, Chon Buri, Chiang Mai, Hua Hin, and Phetchaburi has been postponed from October 1 to November 1. According to a Bangkok Post report, that is the third time the re-opening of Pattaya, Chiang Mai, and Hua Hin has been delayed, with vaccine shortages being the rationale given every time.
Thai Air Asia’s largest shareholder, Asia Aviation, has expressed frustration on the delay, with government chairman Tassapon Bijleveld saying the flip-flopping is damaging the country’s popularity.
“Airlines had started to put money into service upkeep and recruit employees to arrange for a brand new move of tourists. It costs a lot for any enterprise to restart, significantly throughout a liquidity crisis when each baht counts.”

Tassapon has criticised the federal government for insufficient vaccine supplies in areas poised to re-open, adding that officers ought to have properly evaluated the curve of the pandemic and ready danger administration plans for every area before confirming a re-opening date.
“If the government announced earlier that the nation would be prepared for inbound vacationers in December or even January, we might haven’t any objection. We would have shifted our focus to the domestic market in the ultimate quarter with full force. Running out -flop worsens a state of affairs which is already somehow at its worst, notably concerning our monetary stability.”

Thanet Supornsahasrungsi from the Chon Buri Tourism Council agrees, pointing out that tourism operators in Pattaya have made all the preparations for an October re-opening, in line with authorities orders. He says the one factor they couldn’t do was provide residents with vaccines, as he too slammed the authorities for an inadequate vaccine rollout. He says the country’s reputation with abroad tour operators is ruined.
“Nobody will take heed to us again. They will await an official announcement, which can happen in November on the earliest, too late to seize high-season traffic as worldwide flights usually need 2 – three months’ discover for air traffic permission. It additionally takes that lengthy to advertise those packages.”

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