Thailand’s tourism industry started a campaign on Tuesday. This campaign has high hopes to persuade the country to welcome visitors back by July.
Campaign organizers shared a date which they trust provides plenty of time for vaccines to make their way around the world.
Plus, organizers said that the July 1 date would allow Thai medical establishments to vaccinate front line staff and vulnerable citizens. Hence, it would give the tourism industry enough time to prepare to welcome visitors again.
Organizers guess that it will probably take at least a year to return to pre-pandemic tourism numbers in Thailand.
Willem Niemeijer, CEO of YAANA Ventures, one of the groups supporting the campaign have said that “The 1 July reopening would be a strategic opportunity for Thailand to show a leadership role among Asian countries. Also, it would prepare a way for a solid recovery of the Thai economy in 2022.”
The campaign has plans to send their request to the country’s prime minister general, minister of tourism and sports, and governor of the tourism authority of Thailand.
The idea came from Phuket. When this popular beach destination laid out its plan to vaccinate its residents to begin welcoming vaccinated tourists by October. The campaign also was inspired by Thailand allowing tourists to enter the country, but only if they agreed to stay for several months and underwent a two-week quarantine.