Earlier this month Hua Hin in Thailand announced plans for a 1st October reopening for tourists called “Hua Hin Recharge.” Leaders of the plan however have now conceded that they will not be able to meet the planned start date.
Main picture Hua Hin beach credit Michael Coghlan on flickr
The plan relied on being able to vaccinate 70% of the local population and and 100% of workers in the tourism and service sectors by 30th September. To date just 10% of locals have been vaccinated and it is unlikely that the vaccination rate will increase sufficiently to meet the target.
“We need to keep our eyes on our share of vaccine allocation, whether we will receive 350,000 more doses by the end of August as pledged.
The main factor that determines whether Hua Hin Recharge will proceed as planned is not the determination of local people to reopen their doors to welcome foreign tourists.”Phonrawee Seeluangswat, Chairwoman of Thailand SMEs Federation and Hua Hin Recharge committee
Many areas of Thailand are trying to launch their own plans for welcoming back foreign tourists following the Phuket Sandbox and Samui Plus which both started earlier this month. The schedule for the plans however depends on being able to deliver significant numbers of inoculations prior to the start of each scheme.
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