Tourism is pinning its hope on vaccines

Published on : Tuesday, February 2, 2021

As many countries have started vaccination against Covid-19, expects to recuperate the travel sector that’s growing alongside millions of doses produced by pharmaceutical companies for distribution worldwide.

Questions proliferate about whether the much anticipated vaccines can truly a game-changer for tourism worldwide. The future might not be clear, particularly in regard to the efficiency of each vaccine and the time required building up herd immunity in vaccinated nations.

As a year without the rush of arrival of foreign tourists left majority of Thai tourism businesses ruined completely, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is all set to roll out a promotional campaign aiming the international market in the second quarter of 2021.

Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, explained that tour packages to Thailand will be exhibited at tour agencies in origin countries, with long-haul travelers purchasing advanced packages for winter holidays.

While assessing deeper information on the key source markets, there are lingering uncertainties that says that vaccines might not create a sudden change for either Thai or global tourism.

Many of the top source markets of Thailand for tourists have started inoculation programs; however none have given any firm answer as to when or how they will allow citizens to travel to foreign countries after being vaccinated.

By the summer of 2021, the European Commission hopes that 70% of the adults in the region should be inoculated as European governments are working on the framework of vaccine passports, aiming to enable mass travel within Schengen states first.

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