Coronavirus Resource Page (last updated July 15)

Our hearts go out to you amid the devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. It cannot be overstated how difficult this time is for the global community, for the industry that is grinding to a halt, for your clients, for your companies, and for each of us as individuals. We will look back upon this […]

Coronavirus policy updates

Travel around the world continues to be affected by the novel coronavirus, especially in the Greater Mekong Subregion where most of the countries are relying on the tourism industry. The Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office would like to take this opportunity to gather the government’s policies in which to provide aid and assistance to businesses in […]

‘Travel bubbles’ plan tipped to be put on ice

Travel bubbles are likely to be delayed after several countries eyed for the scheme have seen a resurgence of Covid-19 cases, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT). CAAT director-general Chula Sukmanop said even though talks about travel bubble arrangements are being thrashed out with a number of countries including China, Japan and […]

Operators seek ways to disperse tourists

As most local tourists flock to popular destinations during the weekends, tour operators are asking the government to help fill up weekdays by creating more trips for the elderly and state agency meetings. Phuriwat Limthavornrat, president of the Association of Domestic Travel, said the association is working on a plan to discuss with tourism-related agencies […]

Inbound tourists should prepare for 2-week stay

Leisure tourists who would like to visit Thailand during a soft reopening may have to spend at least 14 days within designated areas, though a negative test for Covid-19 after two weeks would free them to go anywhere in the country. Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, the tourism and sports minister, said his ministry has talked with Prime […]

PATA doubles down on Covid-19 recovery support for members

PATA is joining forces with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to expand its Crisis Resource Center (CRC) to further aid the recovery of the Asia-Pacific travel and tourism industry. PATA chief of staff, Trevor Weltman, said: “Timely, accurate, and useful information is the need of the moment for our members as they manage their recovery […]

TAT predicts 80% plunge in arrivals

A new forecast by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) says the number of foreign tourists this year may plunge 80% to 8.2 million as revenue slides to 396 billion baht, with international air traffic regaining just 10% of the pre-pandemic schedule. The latest forecast issued on July 1 is based on the current situation […]

More than 80% of Chinese travellers plan to travel in 2H2020: Ctrip

Chinese travellers display a strong desire to resume travel this year, with most preferring to travel domestically further afield due to uncertainty around the pandemic overseas, according to a recent Ctrip survey. The 2H2020 Travel Sentiment Survey by Ctrip’s Tourism Big Data Lab, which polled several thousand Ctrip.com users hailing from more than 50 cities across China, […]