BANGKOK — The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand on Wednesday postponed the a lot publicized proposal to permit international vacationers to go to the nation throughout the pandemic with out having to undergo quarantine.
Company director Chula Sukmanop stated the federal government is worried in regards to the doable “second wave” of coronavirus if the border is open. Officers have been inserting their hope on the so-called travel bubble agreement – which might permit tourism exchanges with nations the place the outbreak seems to be underneath management – to revive the crippled tourism trade.
“The journey hall was postponed indefinitely as these nations [in the agreement] are going through a renewed surge of infections,” Chula stated.
Thailand had beforehand entered into negotiations with China, Japan, and South Korea to permit travellers from these nations to go to Thailand for leisure as early as August.
Chula stated the aviation trade might want to depend on home travellers within the meantime earlier than worldwide flights can absolutely resume.
“The demand for home flights is bettering,” Chula stated. “Flights at the moment are resumed, whereas native tourism operators are releasing promotional campaigns to stimulate visits to their provinces.”
He continued, “The federal government’s stimulus bundle would additionally improve the spending energy and, in flip, profit the trade.”
Transport minister Saksayam Chidchob additionally stated border reopening measures can solely transfer ahead if the inexperienced mild has been given by well being authorities.
“Now we have made it clear that the proposal should be according to the measures outlined by the well being ministry,” Saksayam stated. “For airways which have already submitted plans to renew worldwide flights this September, we must look forward to the federal government to resolve.”
Results of the coronavirus have been devastating to Thailand’s tourism sector, which accounted for about 11 p.c of Thailand’s GDP in 2019.
Officers have warned that solely an estimated eight million international vacationers this yr, 80 p.c down from final yr, as a result of impression from COVID-19 and air journey restrictions worldwide.
However Tourism Authority of Thailand governor Yuthasak Supasorn stated there’s nonetheless an opportunity for vacationer arrivals in late 2020.
“Now we have to maintain our eyes on each the home and worldwide scenario,” Yuthasak stated. “We anticipate them to come back on this yr’s fourth quarter, so there’s nonetheless time to rethink the choices. As of now, we must give attention to home travellers.”