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Phuket targets Chinese tourists while medical visitors can tour the country

by Maak Ditsungnern
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Phuket targets Chinese tourists while medical visitors can tour the country
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The Thai government’s Tourism and Sports Ministry will target specific regions of China in a bid to lure tourists back to Phuket once travel restrictions are further eased.

The plan was presented by Tourism and Sports Minister, Pipat Ratchakijprakarn, on Friday morning.

He said that the ministry would target provinces in China with campaigns to attract visitors back to the southern island, but did not mention which areas of China the department would target.

The Minister continued by confirming that Phuket was a prime candidate for the “travel bubbles” plan. The main target for tourists was China. He said:

“China is the first market with potential because the flying time to Thailand is less than six hours.”

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Other nations mentioned for potential agreements were Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Australia, and other southeast Asia countries.

Stressing the importance of the Chinese market, Mr. Ratchakijprakarn said that one in every four foreign arrivals to Thailand was from China before the coronavirus outbreak.

Meanwhile, the Thai government’s Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said that plans being prepared to cater to medical tourists once they have finished treatment at the hospital.

The spokesperson for the CCSA, Dr. Taweesilp Visanuyothin, said that medical tourists are welcome to Thailand from this month onwards.

Quarantine regulations state that medical tourists must undergo 14 days of quarantine at their chosen medical facility.

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Now the government hopes to keep them in the country after that period by offering tours and providing free reign to travel anywhere in Thailand. Dr. Visanuyothin said:

“After the 14-day period, tours can be arranged for them to visit anywhere in Thailand.”

The CCSA spokesperson continued by stating that 62 private hospitals had signed up to cater to medical tourists, and approximately 1,700 foreigners from 17 countries had registered for admission to Thailand for medical treatment.

Source: Bangkok Post