Mitsubishi Motors Exhibits New "Expander" at Bangkok Motor Show
Since its launch in Indonesia in 2017, Mitsubishi Motors' "Expander" has been expanded to Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, South Asia, Africa, etc. It is a very popular model that sold more than 100,000 units a year in 2021.
From March 23rd to April 3rd, the "43rd Bangkok International Motor Show 2022" will be held at Impact Muang Thong Thani, a convention center on the outskirts of Bangkok, and it was announced that Mitsubishi Motors will exhibite a new minivan "Expander".
This new "Expander" has already been on sale in Indonesia in November 2021, and sales are going well. In the future, it is planned to be rolled out sequentially mainly in Southeast Asia such as Thailand, and it is expected that it will become a very popular model in Thailand as well.
Thailand to abolish pre-departure PCR test from April
Thailand CCSA has announced that after April 1st, travelers arriving in Thailand from abroad will not need to take the pre-departure PCT test. The abolition of pre-departure tests will initially apply to Suvarnabhumi, Don Muang, Phuket, Krabi, Samui, Chiang Mai, U-Tapao Airports and Hat Yai Airport. After that, they plan to expand to all airports according to the preparation status of each airport.
According to a CCSA spokesman, the abolition of pre-departure PCR testing applies to all visitors, whether they arrive via Test & Go, sandbox, or quarantine channel.
Thai visitors still need to undergo an RT-PCR test after April and after arriving in Thailand, and need to perform an ATK self-test 5 days after arrival as the same as before.
Currently, international arrivals must have at least US $ 20,000 medical insurance. At this CCSA meeting, there was a proposal to reduce that amount to US $ 10,000, but it was not approved. However, according to a CCSA spokesman, the insurance amount is likely to be reduced later.
Currently, it is very expensive to carry out multiple PCR tests before and after arriving at Thailand, and it has been said that many travelers hesitate to visit Thailand due to this heavy burden. With this CCSA decision, it is expected that more foreign tourists will visit Thailand.
Carl's Jr. withdraws from Thailand
Carl's Jr., an American fast food chain, opened its first store in Thailand in 2012 in Pattaya and currently has a total of 6 stores in Bangkok and Pattaya. However, by the end of March, 2022, all stores will be closed and they will completely withdraw from Thailand.
The reason for the withdrawal is that important ingredients are imported from the United States, and the cost of importing ingredients has become a heavy burden, and the cost is high, and they has lost foreign tourists because of the pandemic, and the important customer base has decreased sharply caused deterioration of profitability and decrease in sales.
Carl's Jr.'s burgers is very popular and have a lot of fans, and there are many fans who regret having withdrawn from Thailand due to the pandemic.
The Thai government has announced that it plans to end the pandemic and move to the endemic by July 1, 2022. If it becomes an endemic, many foreign tourists will return to Thailand, and the Thai tourism industry and food service industry will also be activated. The day when Carl's Jr. will return to Thailand may not come early, but we're looking forward to it.
Thai Ministry of Health proposes to abolition of Test & Go's pre-departure PCR
Currently, Thailand is working on deregulation of immigration regulations to make entry into Thailand easier, such as the Test & Go scheme and the Vaccine Travel Lane (VTL) between Malaysia.
According to the announcement by the Ministry of Public Health of Thailand on March 16, 2022, travelers are now required to perform PCR tests within 72 hours prior to entry and on the first day of entry when entering Thailand using the Test & Go scheme. However, it is planned to consider abolishing this PCR test.
Also, in Thailand, it is currently obligatory to wear a mask in public places, and fines may be imposed on those who violate it, but they are also planning to consider canceling this obligation to wear a mask as well.
They are also considering reducing the coverage of health insurance which is required for entry into Thailand, from $ 20,000 to $ 10,000.
These agenda items will be considered at the CCSA General Meeting on Friday, March 18, this week.
PCR tests, which are required to be tested twice at the time of entry, are expensive and are a huge burden for travelers. Many foreign tourists are hesitant to travel to Thailand because of this. If the obligation of this PCR test is abolished, it is expected to become a major driving force for attracting foreign tourists to Thailand.
Thai Airways International Holds Discount Campaign "Fly with THAI, Fly with Love" for the flight to/from Japan
Previously, Thai Airways International held a special discount campaign called "Fly with THAI, Fly with Love" for Japan routes from Valentine's Day on February 14th, 2022. We introduced this campaign in our news web page.
Thai Airways International has announced that it will hold the second edition of this special discount campaign "Fly with THAI, Fly with Love" from March 14th, 2022.
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