The Northern Thai town of Chiang Rai is hoping to be able to join the Thailand Reopening programme amid fears that the area could be left behind in attracting foreign tourists.
White Temple, Chiang Rai, Thailand credit Bradley Prentice on Unsplash
Phuket reopened to vaccinated tourists on 1st July and was joined by the Surat Thani islands of Kh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao on 15th July.
A draft programme sees many areas of Thailand hoping to reopen in the coming months. Chiang Rai however has not so far been included in the plans and it was assumed by some that it would be included in Chiang Mai proposals.
Now the Chiang Rai has requested local authorities and business to draft a reopening plan. The province, advisors and chamber of commerce has organised a number of workshops on how the area can reopen to foreign tourists in a safe and sustainable manner.
“Chiang Rai has the potential. We used to have Phuket-Chiang Rai flights, and if they are resumed, we can bring tourists who want to explore new places to Chiang Rai. But that means our Covid-19 protection measures have to be effective.”Prachon Pratsakun, Governor of Chiang Rai
Findings from the workshops will be submitted to the committee in charge of the project next week which will, in turn, lead to the draft opening plan being written and submitted for consideration by the Thailand Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).
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