Published on : Friday, October 8, 2021
To quote Chiravadee Khunsub, director of Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), UK & Ireland, “After much speculation this week we are so happy to see Thailand come off the UK’s travel red list. It’s a very timely boost for Thailand’s travel industry. We’re heading into peak season with our best weather ahead, particularly along the Andaman coast and insights from our UK tour operators tells us there is huge interest in travel to Thailand and 1,000’s of postponed holidays set to be rebooked both for immediate winter sun getaways and departures in 2022. Today’s announcement gives travelers the much-needed confidence to (re)make travel plans.”
This is an important time for Thailand as the country under the ‘Sandbox’ initiative’ has opened to international travelers, including the UK & Ireland, since 1st July which has been doing well. In Phuket, 41,000 travelers have arrived alone till now with just 135 positive Covid-19 cases detected proving to visitors and locals alike that it is safe to return to international travel.
To quote Khunsub, “One of the UK’s most popular holiday destinations (welcoming around 1 million Brits per year pre-Covid-19) this is really positive news for the Thai tourism industry and has given us much hope for a positive end to the year.”
Before Thailand was moved to the travel red list of UK, British arrivals accounted for 20% of ‘Sandbox’ arrivals. It’s the 2nd source market into Phuket. So far, the ‘Sandbox’ initiative has generated $75,000,000 (2.5 billion Thai Baht) for the economic revival of Thailand with projected revenue of $325,000,000 by the end of 2021. “The UK market is expected to contribute around 20% to this which is why we’re so delighted with the news today” continued Khunsub.