Mixed messages on Thailand’s reopening is confusing foreign tourists: Tourism chief

Hua Hin beach. File photo.

The chairman of Thailand’s Tourism Business association said that the delay in reopening much of the country from October 1st to November 1st was further bad news for the sector.

It had damaged the confidence of potential tourists to the country, said Chamnan Srisawat in comments reported by TNA and hit travel agents hard.

He wants to see the time of the delay for a rethink on names, rules and costs to restore some uniformity.

Chamnan said that foreigners had been confused by all the names that meant nothing to them – Sandbox, Move On, Recharge even Charming have been bandied about.

He wanted to see every area opening under the same banner, with the same rules and the same operating procedures whether it is Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Hua Hin or Cha-Am.

He said that the testing regime was the number one thing putting off foreigners coming to Thailand. He suggested one 2,000 baht RT-PCR test on arrival then 2×200 baht ATK tests later.

This price should be fixed and the same everywhere, he said.

Many foreigners have found themselves with testing bills around 15,000 baht on top of hotel charges, notes ASEAN NOW.

Difficulty in getting the timing right over bookings for getting a Certificate of Entry (CoE) should also be addressed.

This post was republished with permission from ASEAN NOW