The proposed reopening of Bangkok and other major tourist destinations in Thailand will go ahead on November 1, providing the COVID-19 situation does not worsen.
Speaking on Saturday (Oct 10) government spokesperson Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana said the reopening of Bangkok, Chiang Mai (Mueang district, Mae Rim, Mae Taeng and Doi Tao), Prachuap Khiri Khan (Hua Hin and Nong Khae), Phetchaburi (Cha Am) and Chonburi (Pattaya, Bang Lamung and Sattahip) will go ahead as long as there is not a sudden spike in cases or no large clusters are discovered between now and the end of October.
Following the reopening, the government expects to earn 1.5 trillion baht from tourism in 2022, Mr Thanakorn said.
Domestic tourists will account for 850 million baht with Thais expected to make 160 million trips next year.
Meanwhile, the government expects 15 million foreign tourists to visit Thailand in 2022, generating 650 billion baht in revenue.
Mr Thanakorn said the 1.5 trillion baht revenue target is approximately half the amount the country’s tourism industry earned in 2019 before the start of the pandemic.
Mr Thanakorn also gave an update on the Phuket Sandbox, which has been hailed a success.
As of Thursday (Oct 7) 43,026 foreign tourists had visited Phuket via the Sandbox program.
Most tourists came from the United States, Israel, the United Kingdom, Germany and France.