The Nation Thailand are reporting that the Association of Thai Travel Agents (ATTA) are demanding the end to quarantine requirements for travellers from low risk areas.
The demand comes as they warn that 2 million tourism jobs are at risk if mass tourism does not restart soon. This follows hot on the heels of news that just 1,201 foreign visitors entered Thailand in October.
“Although during the past few months Thailand started opening the country with specified groups of foreigners, they account for only thousands of tourists per month which cannot compare with the normal situation with average 3.3 million tourists per month”.Wichit Prakobkosol. ATTA President via the Pattaya Mail.
The ATTA has sent a petition to the Ministry of Tourism and Sports requesting that travellers from Australia, Dubai,Laos, Macau, New Zealand, Taiwan and Vietnam and 22 Chinese provinces, plus are allowed entry to Thailand without the need for a two week quarantine period. The Pattaya Mail report that tourists from these areas accounted for around 15 million, or 37.5%, of foreign arrivals and 40% of tourism revenue in 2019.
It is believed that visitors from the Chinese provinces, which would include Zhejiang, Anhui, Chongqing, Hebei, Hubei, Hunan, and Fujian, would bring around 300,000 monthly visitors to Thailand.
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