The Minister of Tourism and Sports, Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, wants to lift restrictions on domestic tourism as early as next week and will seek government approval for the plan over the coming days.
The plan to ease domestic tourism restrictions including inter-provincial travel and allowing hotels to operate again will be proposed in line with the measures already in place for the third stage of business reopenings that is planned for June 1st.
The proposal suggests that during the first two weeks, beginning June 1st, domestic travel will be permitted again but only within the same region. After two weeks, people could then travel between provinces.
A package is also being prepared by the government to stimulate domestic tourism with some of the one trillion baht borrowing by the government earmarked to offer subsidies on facilities such as hotel rooms and tourist coupons.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in conjunction with the Public Health Ministry and Tourism and Sports Ministry has already opened applications for vendors nationwide to gain certification for the project.
Under the scheme, tourist-related businesses can become certified, displaying that they meet social distancing and hygiene requirements.
Visitors to the businesses will be able to provide feedback and audit their experience after visiting the business or using their services.
Source: Bangkok Post