Thailand to promote medical tourism in post-Covid era, PM says

19/5/2022 8:07:00 PM

Thailand to promote medical tourism in post-Covid era, PM says - Bloomberg

Thailand to promote medical tourism in post-Covid era, PM says - Bloomberg

(May 19): Thailand aims to lure more foreign visitors in the post-Covid period by promoting itself as a medical tourism hub, building on its good track record of handling the pandemic, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha said.A virus task force headed by Prayuth on Friday will also consider demands to reopen bars, pubs and other nightlife entertainment venues that have been shut for more than a year, amid a rebound in tourist arrivals. The lifting of the curbs are seen as

(May 19): Thailand aims to lure more foreign visitors in the post-Covid period by promoting itself as a medical tourism hub, building on its good track record of handling the pandemic, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha said.A virus task force headed by Prayuth on Friday will also consider demands to reopen bars, pubs and other nightlife entertainment venues that have been shut for more than a year, amid a rebound in tourist arrivals. The lifting of the curbs are seen as key to lure more visitors in the June-September period, considered a low season for Thai tourism.

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A virus task force headed by Prayuth on Friday will also consider demands to reopen bars, pubs and other nightlife entertainment venues that have been shut for more than a year, amid a rebound in tourist arrivals. The lifting of the curbs are seen as key to lure more visitors in the June-September period, considered a low season for Thai tourism. The country’s borders have been closed to almost all arrivals since the spring of 2020 in response to the coronavirus pandemic. “Thailand has a proven track record in dealing with the Covid-19 outbreak,” Prayuth told a conference. Presiding over a politburo meeting of the ruling Workers' Party on Tuesday, Kim said the"immaturity in the state capacity for coping with the crisis" increased the"complexity and hardships" in fighting the pandemic when"time is the life", according to the KCNA. “We will use this to promote the country’s medical tourism and health treatment to attract foreign visitors after the Covid. There are no plans to lift border restrictions fully, as other countries have done, with the trial involving only tourists from the four countries who join package tours with predetermined itineraries, according to the Japan Tourism Agency.” Thailand expects tourist arrivals to more than triple to about a 1 million a month from October, as the nation rolls back most of the pandemic-era travel curbs. “If there is a rise in Covid-19 cases but severity is low, it means we can live with the virus.

While the country has scrapped mandatory Covid testing and quarantine for tourists, pre-arrival registration and insurance requirement are seen as deterrents with other tourism-reliant nations doing away such restrictions. Participants will have to be triple-vaccinated against Covid and have private medical insurance. Amid concerns over the isolated country's lack of vaccines and adequate medical infrastructure, the KCNA said health officials have developed a COVID-19 treatment guide aimed at preventing drug overdoses and other mistreatments that have led to many of the reported deaths. But with new Covid cases and deaths steadily declining, Prayuth has vowed to relax the remaining restrictions to boost business and economic activities, government spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana said in a statement Thursday. Thailand has seen its Omicron-fueled Covid-19 wave ease in recent days, with new cases averaging about 5,000 a day, from a peak of almost 30,000 in early April. The agency is currently discussing the plan with regions that are expected to be of interest to foreign tourists, the official said. The country, which drew praise from the World Health Organization for its handling of the early phase of the pandemic, has contained total Covid fatalities to below 30,000, fewer than neighbours Malaysia and the Philippines. The reopening of pubs, bars and other nightlife entertainment venues in some provinces can promote tourism and help millions of people dependent on such business for livelihood, Supot Malaniyom, secretary-general of the National Security Council, said. The trial was initially planned late last year, but was put on hold when the Omicron variant spread.04 on Monday, while the number of Covid-19 deaths remained in the single digits.

While Thailand’s household debt level has risen to almost 90% of the gross domestic product, seen as a major barrier to its economic recovery, lower interest rates and fee charges will help ease the burden, Prayuth said. The government is also betting on large investments by some of the world’s top companies in technology and digital platforms, he said. A daily cap on people entering the country will reportedly be doubled to 20,000 next month, though the tour groups are not expected to be counted in the figure, local media said. Subscribe to Mid-day email alert We deliver news to your inbox daily .