Dusida Worrachaddejchai

Call for delay of new tourist entry fee

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 and fragile. “If the country wants to welcome back tourists, the tourism fee […]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