Tourism operators slam authorities as re-opening postponed to November

Tourism operators have expressed frustration as Thailand’s re-opening is pushed again a month, primarily due to insufficient 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, this is the third time the re-opening of Pattaya, Chiang Mai, and Hua Hin has been delayed, with vaccine shortages being the explanation given each time.
Thai Air Asia’s largest shareholder, Asia Aviation, has expressed frustration at the delay, with executive chairman Tassapon Bijleveld saying the flip-flopping is damaging the country’s popularity.
“Airlines had began to spend cash on service maintenance and recruit employees to organize for a new move of tourists. Case study costs lots for any business 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, including that officials ought to have correctly evaluated the curve of the pandemic and prepared danger administration plans for each area earlier than confirming a re-opening date.
“If the federal government announced earlier that the nation could be ready for inbound tourists in December and even January, we would haven’t any objection. We would have shifted our focus to the domestic market within the ultimate quarter with full force. The flip-flop worsens a scenario which is already one means or the other at its worst, notably relating to our financial 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, consistent with government orders. He says the one factor they couldn’t do was present residents with vaccines, as he too slammed the authorities for an inadequate vaccine rollout. He says the country’s status with overseas tour operators is ruined.
“Nobody will listen to us once more. They will wait for an official announcement, which may occur in November on the earliest, too late to seize high-season traffic as international flights usually want 2 – three months’ notice for air site visitors permission. It additionally takes that lengthy to promote those packages.”

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