Covid-19 relief committee set up for Thai tourism sector
Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat
BANGKOK – The Tourism and Sports Ministry set up a new committee to
help provide assistance to tourism professionals and businesses affected by
the Covid-19 outbreak.
Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn
presided over a meeting to consider financial measures for tourism
Senior officials from relevant agencies and
representatives from 13 tourism professionals including tour guides, hotel
operators, transportation operators for tourists and inbound and outbound
tour operators as well as members of Tourism Council of Thailand attended
To maintain competitiveness of the country’s tourism
and readiness for moving forward after the Covid-19 crisis, the ministry
appointed a committee to revive tourism and sport industries.
The committee is authorized to propose relief measures
and policies and prepare post-crisis recovery measures, covering all tourism
sectors, hard hit by the impacts of the pandemic. (TNA)
TAT language training prepares Thai tourism personnel for post-COVID-19 era
Spanish and Portuguese lessons from Chulalongkorn and Thammasat
Bangkok – The
Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is organising Spanish and Portuguese
language training courses online for 150 tourism industry staff, conducted
by two of the country’s best universities, the Faculty of Arts at
Chulalongkorn University and the Faculty of Liberal Arts at Thammasat
Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, noted that there
was still lack a lot of travel industry personnel who could communicate in
these languages, and the online courses taking place during May and July
2020, aimed to prepare Thai tourism personnel ready for the post-COVID-19
“During the current downtrend tourism trend during the
COVID-19 outbreak, TAT is keen to do its part to support the government’s
policy. We are using this downtime to train and prepare industry personnel
previously employed in the country’s tourism industry and help them build
confidence and recover quickly once travel to Thailand returns,” Mr Yuthasak,
According to the TAT’s survey of tourist guides’
training needs for the year 2020, it found that tour guides were interested
in training in Spanish, second only to Mandarin, in addition to Portuguese
which ranked sixth.
The TAT’s online courses are in respond to the Thai
government’s call to action to help tourism personnel expand their potential
third language skills.
Spanish and Portuguese are most in demand to work with
visitors from Brazil, Spain, and Mexico, which are considered emerging
markets for tourists visiting Thailand. (tatnews.org)
Thailand’s train services step up anti-COVID-19 social distancing measures
The Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA)
and the Bangkok Expressway and Metro (BEM) gear up anti-COVID-19 social
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to
provide the latest update from the Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand
(MRTA) and the Bangkok Expressway and Metro (BEM) regarding anti-COVID-19
social distancing measures, especially during the rush hour to prevent the
spread of the virus.
The MRTA and BEM have applied social distancing rules
by limiting the number of people using the train at a time, or releasing
groups in three steps: before entering and exiting the train system; before
entering through the automatic ticketing machines, and before entering the
trains. This has resulted in longer waiting time for commuters.
Therefore, the MRTA and BEM have deployed six more
trains during the rush hour on the MRT Blue Line, after previously adding
three more trains on 24 March, 2020. This means nine extra trains from
normally 40 trains in operation during the rush hour. Moreover, the special
trains will be deployed only from high-traffic stations without picking up
any commuters from previous stations.
The MRT and BEM are seeking cooperation from commuters
to plan their travel ahead to ensure that they reach their final destination
For health and safety, fever screening is applied at
every MRT station. Commuters are required to follow social distancing rules,
wear a face mask at all time while using the system, and wash their hands
before entering and after existing the train system. Hand sanitizers are
provided at each station. (tatnews.org)
Phuket International Airport to resume operations from May 16
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT)
would like to provide the latest announcement from the Civil Aviation
Authority of Thailand (CAAT) regarding the reopening of Phuket International
Airport for domestic flights from 00.01 Hrs. of 16 May.
The CAAT cited the request by the Phuket Governor
backed by the approval from the local communicable disease control committee
as well as Phuket’s effectiveness on surveillance, prevention and control of
the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) as reasons for
approving the reopening of Phuket International Airport.
The CAAT noted that the Airport must follow the
operating hours already stipulated for other airports that resumed domestic
flights from 1 May.
Meanwhile, passengers entering Phuket are required to
complete a form (download from here) to allow officials to keep track of
them for medical checks.
TAT will provide further updates once we know which
airlines will resume domestic flights to Phuket, starting 16 May.
‘Mok Prao’ informal art installation warms the heart of those on Ko Phangan
Shows how the Thai concept of 'Nam
Jai' can offer moral support and positivity during COVID-19.
What started as a simple idea of one man on Ko Phangan
has warmed the hearts of foreign travelers left stranded on the island
because of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.
Initiated and created by
Siam Healing Centre,
the project promotes local Thai artist Chatuphum Loosiri (also known as
‘Caveman’ on the island) whose painting images on discarded coconut palm
parts (‘Mok Prao’) are displayed along a roadside on Phra Prao Road. This
put a smile on the faces of those who past there, perfectly capturing the
Thai concept of ‘Nam Jai’ that can offer moral support and extend generosity
Chatuphum ‘s effort quickly went viral once the number
of coconut images grew and became a popular social media check in spot. He
began offering those who stopped by hand gel to clean their hands and then
let them try their own hand at painting.
“It has helped bond us together in close friendship
during the crisis. We share the gift of happiness, smiles and laughter
together. When I draw or paint, it helps me stay calm and relaxed, so I
thought it might do the same for other.
“Some people might not be aware they can draw, and for
those who are new to it, I am happy to demonstrate basic drawing techniques
to them,” he added.
To date almost 60 people and more than 20 countries
have contributed to the now impressive work of art.
When Thai people say that a person has ‘Nam Jai’, it
means that this person is happy to make sacrifices for friends and extend
hospitality to strangers. Chatuphum started out with just hand gel and
painting lessons then offered to help more when he learned about foreign
tourists in need. For those he found really in trouble regarding
accommodation or food, he has taken in and shared what he has in the spirit
of being generous and warm hearted to others. (tatnews.org)
Krabi prepares to reopen tourist sites, whale shark spotted near Koh Tao
whale shark measured 15 meters in length spotted at diving sites around Koh
KRABI- The southern seaside province of Krabi
has laid out a plan to restore natural resources and reopen its tourist
sites after the end of COVID-19 pandemic.
The provincial administration held a meeting with the
private sector, tourism-related organizations and local public agencies on
All marine attractions in Krabi, like all across
Thailand, have been closed due to COVID-19 since March.
Krabi Governor Kitibhodi Prawit said the discussion was
about the reassessment and rehabilitation of the tourist spots in
preparation for the post-COVID-19 tourism environment.
“New disease prevention and safety measures will be
imposed when the next tourist season begins later this year”, he said.
In the Gulf of Thailand, a team of divers conducted an
inspection at diving sites around Koh Tao Island. They spotted a large
whale shark measured 15 meters in length.
Beaches and marine biological sites in Thailand have
been closed to tourists. There has been no date set for lifting the
closures. Some popular seaside attractions such as those in Pattaya will
remain closed, at least, until the end of May. (TNA)
provincial administration held a meeting with the private sector,
tourism-related organizations and local public agencies.
attractions in Krabi have been closed due to COVID-19 since March.
Yearly national park break proposed in Thailand for wild animals, nature to regenerate
Varawut Silpa-archa, Minister of Natural
Resources and the Environment.
RAYONG - The Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment is
aiming to propose a three month closure every year of national parks, to
allow nature to regenerate itself.
Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment,
Varawut Silpa-archa mentioned the proposal during a trip to preside over a
mangrove forest planting event and the new nature and marine creature
exhibition center in Rayong province. He was speaking during the present
closure of national parks all over the country due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
have been appearing more often than at other times, because human activities
are no longer a threat. To help promote natural regeneration, the ministry
is now creating a plan to close all national parks and their attractions for
three months every year.
However, the minister also asked tourists and local
residents to help conserve national resources and travel without harming
wildlife in any way. The ministry will announce the closure period of each
national park later. (NNT)
Ranong mangrove forest in Thailand nominated for ‘natural world heritage’ status
Ranong mangrove forest area, southern Thailand.
RANONG - May 10 has been declared National Mangrove Forest Day and
the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) has been preparing
to nominate Ranong’s mangrove forest area natural world heritage status.
Natural Resources and Environment Minister Varawut
Silpa-archa said that the Cabinet has designated May 10 of every year as
"National Mangrove Forest Day". On 10 May 1991, His Royal Highness King Rama
9 first addressed the importance of mangroves at the Royal Ploughing
Ceremony at Chitralada Garden, marking Thailand’s recognition of the value
of mangrove forests. Responsible agencies have jointly sought suitable areas
for experimentation on and propagation of mangrove species.
The MNRE has been preparing to nominate Ranong’s
mangrove forest area, which contains high biodiversity, as a natural world
heritage site. It has also established the Rama 9 International Mangrove
Forest Botanical Garden in Chanthaburi, in honor of His Majesty the late
King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Her Majesty Queen Sirikit the Queen Mother. It
is the world’s first mangrove based botanical garden, which collects
mangrove forest plants from around the world and serves as a joint research
area for academics from around the world, as well as being a new tourist
destination in Thailand.(NNT)
Phuket arranges transport for people leaving for hometowns
Subdistrict Municipality is arranging buses to transport people to their
PHUKET- As a resort island where many people
come to work, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused job cuts in Phuket, resulting
in many people now needing to return home. One local municipality has
arranged buses to transport those who wanted to leave.
The Mayor of Chalong Subdistrict Municipality, Samran
Jindapol said the municipality has arranged buses to transport people to
their home provinces; people who came to work in Phuket, but who have lost
their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The tourism island province in the Andaman Sea has been
severely impacted by the pandemic, causing businesses to close with many
people losing their jobs.
All persons who wish to travel from Phuket back to
their hometown have to undergo a health screening, and are subject to a
14-day period of quarantine upon arrival there, in accordance with the
Ministry of Public Health’s measures.
On each of the arranged buses, only 14 passengers are
allowed on board at a time. All passengers are required to wear a face mask
throughout their journey.
Meanwhile, Chalong Subdistrict Municipality is
distributing another set of relief bags to villagers.(NNT)
Boat service on SaenSaep canal in Bangkok increases frequency
of boat passengers on SaenSaep canal in Bangkokis on the rise, following the
easing of some lockdown measures.
After an easing of lockdown restrictions, the Deputy
Minister of Transport, AtiratRatanasate, has instructed the boat service on
SaenSaep canal in Bangkok to follow social distancing guidelines to help
limit the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Mr. Atirat said after inspecting the boat service canal
and observing commuters at Pratunam and Asoke piers that the number of boat
passengers is on the rise, following the easing of some lockdown measures.
There were only 5,000 to 6,000 boat passengers per day when the measures
were fully imposed. Now, the number is more than 10,000 a day. In normal
times, some 50,000 people use the boat service on SaenSaep canal each day.
All 28 piers are strictly implementing COVID-19
preventive measures. Passengers are required to have their body temperature
taken and use hand sanitizers before boarding a canal boat. While using the
service, they are asked to wear protective masks and maintain at least one
meter distance from others on board.
The Deputy Minister of Transport also ordered boat
operators to increase service frequency by adding more boats, from 40 to 60,
and reducing passengers’ waiting time to three to five minutes per trip.
Social distancing stickers are placed on all boats and piers. Seats are
arranged so that passengers are at least one meter apart. Boat service
providers are using closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras to monitor the
number of passengers. If the boat is crowded, the situation will be
addressed immediately. Before boarding, all passengers are required to have
their temperature taken, wear face masks, maintain a safe distance between
each other and follow the safety guidelines.(NNT)
Bangkok Airways offers special domestic airfare for medical staff
Bangkok Airways is offering 20%
discount off normal airfares and participating promotional fares for medical
staff including doctors, nurses, and medical technicians on all domestic
Reservations can be made from 6 May – 31 July, 2020,
and the travelling period is valid from 15 May – 31 July, 2020.
A valid medical ID card must be presented at the
check-in counter to be eligible to travel.
For more information or reservations, please contact
the Bangkok Airways call centre 1771 or 02-270-6699 during office hours. (tatnews.org)
Temple visits changed on Visakha Bucha Day in Thailand
Thai and Lao Buddhists gave
alms to monks at Wat Samakkhi Uppatham in Bung Kan province under health
BUNG KAN – Buddhists were required to follow disease control measures
when they visited temples for activities to mark the Visakha Bucha Day.
In the northeastern province of Bung Kan, Thai and Lao
Buddhists gave alms to monks at Wat SamakkhiUppatham in Wisit sub-district
of Muang Bung Kan district. All of them wore face masks and kept distances
from one another.
Concerns about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)
reduced the number of Buddhists at the temple on the Buddhist important day
commemorating the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha. The Bung Kan
office of Buddhism prohibited all local Buddhist temples from organizing
Visakha Bucha Day activities and advised people to do their religious
activities at home to help contain COVID-19.
In Chachoengsao province, crowds showed up at the
popular Wat Sothon Wararam Worawihan in the morning. About 30 health
officials were there to check body temperatures of visitors and require them
to sanitize their hands, wear face masks and keep distance from one another.
The number of people allowed to enter the ordination hall was limited at 20
at a time and people queuing up were seated apart from each other.
Candle-lit processions were suspended there and Thai
classical dancers who served prayers were located away from the temple. (TNA)
Phuket cloudy with scattered thunderstorms, wave 2m. high, maximum temp 37 °C
Phi Phi Islands, Andaman Sea, a paradise on
earth for snorkeling and diving enthusiasts near Province of Phuket. (TAT
Southern Part Weather (West Coast)
Cloudy with isolated thunderstorms mostly in Phangnga,
Phuket, Krabi, Trang and Satun. Minimum temperature 25-26 °C. Maximum
temperature 33-36 °C. Northwesterly winds 15-35 km/hr. Wave height 1-2
meters and above 2 meters in thundershowers areas.
During 6 - 9 May, isolated to scattered thunderstorms.
During 10 - 12 May, scattered thunderstorms. Minimum temperature 23-27°C.
Maximum temperature 34-37°C. Westerly winds 20 - 35 km/hr. Wave height about
2 meters and above 2 meters in the thunderstorm areas.
Phuket 7 days Weather Forecast
Chiang Mai hot to very hot, maximum temp 42 °C during the day
Chiang Mai Night Safari located
at the foot of Doi Suthep, about 12 kilometers from the city of Chiang Mai.
The zoo is closed for the health public protection since March 27, 2020.
Chiang Mai and Northern Part
Hot to very hot with isolated thunderstorms and gusty
wind mostly in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lamphun, Lampang, Phayao, Phrae, Nan,
Tak, KamphaengPhet and Phetchabun. Minimum temperature 24-29 °C. Maximum
temperature 37-41 °C. Southwesterly winds 10-30 km/hr.
During 6 - 9 May, hot to very hot. Isolated
thunderstorms mostly in the lower part. Minimum temperature 24-28°C. Maximum
temperature 37-42°C. During 10 - 12 May, hot during the day. Isolated to
scattered thunderstorms with gusty wind and hails. Minimum temperature
22-25°C. Maximum temperature 36-39°C. Southwesterly wind 10-30 km/hr.
Chiang Mai 7 days Weather Forecast.
Bangkok hot to very hot, isolated thunderstorms, maximum temp 40°C
Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan or
is a Buddhist temple (wat) in Bangkok Yai district of Bangkok. (TAT photo)
Bangkok and Central Part Weather
During 6 - 9 May, hot to very hot. Isolated
thunderstorms. During 10 - 12 May, hot during the day. Isolated to scattered
thunderstorms with gusty wind. Minimum temperature 26-29 °C. Maximum
temperature 37-40°C. Southerly wind 10-30 km/hr.
Hot to very hot with isolated thunderstorms and gusty
wind mostly in Ratchaburi, Kanchanaburi, UthaiThani and Nakhon Sawan.
Minimum temperature 27-29 °C. Maximum temperature 39-42 °C. Southeasterly
winds 10-30 k/hr.
days Weather Forecast
Restaurants, businesses and venues reopen with strict health and safety guidelines
tradition of old Chiang Mai and the Lanna Kingdom, a khan
Sunday May 3 marks a full week that
Thailand has seen the number of new COVID-19 cases drop below 10 on a daily
basis (27 April, nine cases; 28 April, seven cases; 29 April, nine cases; 30
April, seven cases; 1 May, six cases, and 2 May, six cases).
Bangkok– The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would
like to provide the latest update that businesses and venues are allowed to
reopen May 3 with strict health and safety guidelines in line with
Directives 5 and 6 under the extended Emergency Decree.
The Royal Thai Government has allowed relaxation of the
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) containment restrictions for 10 clusters
of businesses and venues starting 3 May, 2020.
The Bangkok Governor and Provincial Governors have the
authority to continue the existing restrictions or implement the relaxation
in line with the government’s directives and according to the local
The sale of food and drinks in hotels, airports, train
stations, bus stations, hospitals, restaurants and beverage shops,
convenience stores, and street stalls is allowed. Pubs and bars can open,
for take-home services or under strict health guidelines.
The sale of alcohol sale is allowed to resume from
today, but consumption must be at home and gatherings are not allowed.
Shopping malls, department stores, community malls can
still only open supermarkets, pharmacies, necessity items for daily life,
banks, government and state enterprise services. Restaurants and food
outlets can open but only take-home service is allowed.
Retail shops, wholesalers, markets, floating markets
and flea markets can open with strict health guidelines. Hairdressers and
barbers can reopen for limited services and by appointment only.
Hospitals, clinics, dental clinics and all healthcare
facilities can open, except for cosmetic clinics. Golf courses and driving
ranges as well as outdoor sport facilities – specifically for tennis courts,
horse riding tracks, shooting ranges and archery ranges – can open, but no
gatherings or competitions. Public parks can open for outdoor activities
including running, walking, cycling or individual physical exercise, but no
gatherings, competitions or shows. Pet shops and hospitals can open on
Business and venue operators must follow guidance
issued by the Department of Health, Ministry of Public Health. Five key
measures are cleaning, wearing masks, provision of hand washing stations,
physical distancing, and limiting the number of people. Additional measures
are temperature screening, reducing time spent in close contact, one metre
spacing for queuing, increasing ventilation.
Monitoring of businesses will be done randomly. Members
of the public are encouraged to contribute to monitoring the adherence to
guidance by business operators.
The Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA)
reiterated that collaboration from the public is key. Decisions to move to
subsequent phases of re-opening will depend number of new cases and number
of people violating curfew.
On Sunday, Thailand reported three new COVID-19 cases,
bringing the total to 2,969. Of these, 92.25% (2,739) have recovered, 1.81%
(54) have died – no new deaths, and 5.92% (176) are receiving treatment.
Today marks a full week that Thailand has seen the number of new cases
dropped below 10 on a daily basis (27 April, nine cases; 28 April, seven
cases; 29 April, nine cases; 30 April, seven cases; 1 May, six cases, and 2
May, six cases).
The Ministry of Public Health has issued
recommendations, asking for cooperation from everyone to prevent the spread
of COVID-19 disease, by keeping social distance, wearing a mask or cloth
mask, frequently washing hands especially travellers from the risk-provinces
that have reported large number of cases such as Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Phuket.
People must avoid close contact with other persons, no
hugging especially with the vulnerable groups like the elderly, or those who
have underlying conditions because it can increase the infection rate and
potentially lead to severe disease more easily than in other groups.
People can greet via Wai (Thai greeting) from a
distance of 1 or 2 metres. When staying together, people must wear the
masks, use personal utensils or serving spoons, or eat a la carte servings
to protect themselves and loved ones from getting the disease.
Phuket Airport closure extended until May 15
Bangkok – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to
provide the latest update that the temporary closure of Phuket International
Airport has been extended until 15 May, 2020.
The existing order by the Civil Aviation Authority of
Thailand (CAAT) covers the period from 10-30 April, 2020.
According to the CAAT, its decision to extend the
closure of Phuket International Airport for 15 more days is based on the
proposal from Phuket Province citing new cases of the Coronavirus Disease
2019 (COVID-19) infections are still being reported in the province on a
The CAAT continues to allow exceptions for landings of
the following aircraft: state or military aircraft; emergency landing;
technical landing without passenger disembarkation; humanitarian aid,
medical and relief flights; repatriation flights, and cargo aircraft.
TAT again extends its work from home approach until May 17
Bangkok – The
Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is for the fourth time extending its
work from home approach for staff at the TAT Head Office and TAT Bangkok
Office until 17 May, 2020, with the reopening date rescheduled for Monday,
18 May, 2020.
For TAT domestic offices, the reopening dates may
vary in line with the local situation.
TAT previously asked its staff to work from home
from 23 March to 5 April, then extended until 15 April, and further
extended until 30 April, in line with the Thai government’s social
distancing guidance as well as several nationwide measures under the
Emergency Decree to prevent and mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus
disease 2019 (COVID-19).
On Tuesday, 28 March, 2020, the Thai cabinet
approved the extension of the Emergency Decree for one more month, from
1-31 May, 2020, with key directives remaining unchanged including the
ban on all incoming commercial flights and the nationwide 22.00-04.00
Hrs night-time curfew.
As the nation continues its unprecedented measures
to stop the spread of COVID-19, TAT as a state-run enterprise is doing
its utmost to strictly implement preventive measures and heighten
awareness for all its staff and tourists in Thailand to protect them
from being exposed to the virus.
Taking into consideration the aim to safeguard
public health, while TAT continues its work from home approach, it
adheres with the policy of the Thai tourism industry to provide and
maintain quality services. TAT remains contactable for tourism
information at the TAT Contact Centre 1672 during 08.00 – 20.00 Hrs.
TAT apologizes for any inconvenience should
international and domestic tourists be unable to contact our local
offices during this time of difficulty. (tatnews.org)