The business sectors in Cambodia are eagerly anticipating the possibility of resumption of flights to and from Thailand.
The anticipation resulted from mall operators’ clamor in Thailand urging the government to allow flights from CLMV (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam) countries.
The resumption of flights could help alleviate the blow incurred by the pandemic by stimulating the sectors of retail and tourism.
An executive vice president at Siam Piwat Co., Mayuree Chaipromprasit, called on the Thai government to allow tourists from CLMV nations to enter the country.
Siam Piwat Co. is the company behind the operations of the Iconsiam and Siam Paragon.
The business executive’s rationale for allowing CLMV tourists to enter Thailand cited the low numbers of infections in the region.
Chaipromprasit added that visitors from those countries have high purchasing powers and account for the bulk of buyers to retail outlets operated by her company.
The inter-connected retail centers of Siam Paragon, Siam Discovery, Siam Center in the Pathum Wan district estimated that the visitors to their malls account for 40 percent foreigners, which is 30 percent from the region of CLMV.
If the estimates are accurate, this signifies that at least one in eight visitors to the inter-connected malls is from the CLMV region.
The Siam Piwat Co. VP also said:
“Tourists from the CLMV have spent an average of 100,000 baht [$3,250] per visit… These shoppers enjoy a variety of services, from fashion to beauty, helping distribute income to various business owners. We would like the government to encourage spending in Bangkok, which suffered a greater impact from the pandemic than provincial areas.”
On the Cambodian side of the story, the vice president of the Cambodia Chamber of Commerce (CCC), Lim Heng, welcomed the proposal of the resumption of flights.
The CCC official said that the flights would stimulate economic activity in both the nations of Thailand and Cambodia.
The Cambodian Commerce head said:
“Resumption of flights and the resumption of business activities will be a major boon, not only benefiting them but also Cambodia.”
He also added:
“I support the idea because our government has already put measurements in place concerning foreign passengers to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.”
Source: The Star