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- May,2022(part4) -
20 May, 2022
Bangkok and Pattaya, May 21st (Sat) 6pm to 22nd (Sun) 6pm Alcohol sales prohibited
In Bangkok, May 22, 2022 (Sun) will be the polling day for the eleventh election for the governorship of Bangkok and for the Bangkok council election. In addition, the polling day for the mayoral election will be held on the same day in Pattaya City, Chonburi Province.

Alcohol sales will be banned in Thailand on the day of the election, so alcohol sales in Bangkok and Pattayawill be prohibited from 6 pm on Saturday, May 21st to 6 pm on Sunday, May 22nd for 24 hours.

Please note that if you violate the prohibition on alcohol sales, you may be sentenced to imprisonment for up to 6 months, or a fine of up to 10,000 baht, or both.

19 May, 2022
Thai Ministry of Public Health begins talks to reopen entertainment facilities from June 1st
Currently, the infection situation of Covid-19 has improved considerably in Thailand, and in light of this situation, the Ministry of Public Health of Thailand held a meeting on Tuesday, May 17th to update future preventive measures.

At this meeting, the Thai Ministry of Public Health will request the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) to allow entertainment venues in the Green Zone area to reopen on Friday, May 20, 2022, sources said. In addition, it is planned to reconsider to add some provinces to the green zone area where entertainment venues can be reopened.

Meanwhile, the following eight associations have submitted to the Thai government a proposal for government support to restore their business and improve the competitiveness of the Thai tourism industry.

The 8 associations are as follows.
Khaosan Road Business Association
Pattaya City's Association for Entertainment and Tourism
Restaurant and Goods Product Association
Restaurant Business Association
Entertainment Venues, Pubs, Bars, and Karaoke Operators
Night Restaurant Business Trade Association
Thai Alcohol Beverage Business Association
Thailand Bartender Association

These eight associations have requested the Thai government to consider the following seven measures.

1. Declared the Covid-19 epidemic on July 1st, completely opening the country and completely canceling the Thailand Pass.

2. Efficiently integrate legal issues and prepare for the complete opening of the country.

3. Allow the opening of entertainment venues, pubs, bars and karaoke certified by SHA Plus or Thai Stop COVID 2 Plus standards on the following schedule.
・ Resuming only the tourist area from June 1 (pilot phase)
・ Resumed all over Thailand from July 1st

4. The provincial governors and related agencies permit the reopening of entertainment venues, pubs, bars, and karaoke certified by the SHA Plus or ThaiStop COVID 2 Plus standards.

5. The provincial governors and related organizations will work with businesses and citizens' groups in each province to campaign and notify people to consistently comply with public health measures.

6. Ambiguous and unsuitable liquor regulations are a burden on business operators such as entertainment venues, and are an obstacle to the recovery and development of the tourism industry, so this must be reviewed and revised.

7. Increase the role of business operators such as entertainment venues, and the businesses cooperate with each other to share responsibility for the safety of society and tourists.

So far, Thailand has received much news about the possibility that the Thailand Pass will be abolished from June and an endemic declaration will be made from July. Currently, the number of foreign tourists visiting Thailand is gradually increasing. The situation of domestic infections are also improving, and the realization of the July Endemic Declaration is expected to be a major step forward for the revival of the Thai tourism industry.

18 May, 2022
2 hotels in Thailand selected as the 25 best hotels in the world on TripAdvisor
TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel website selected "Top 25 Hotels — World" based on reviews and ratings from their customers' review, and two Thai hotels ranked in.

Pimalai Resort and Spa in Koh Lanta, Krabi Province, southern Thailand ranked 12th, and "Sukhumvit Park, Bangkok-Marriott Executive Apartments Bangkok, Thailand", Sukhumvit Soi 24 in Bangkok ranked 16th.

Sukhumvit Park is located in Bangkok's tourist center, Phrom Phong, and is visited by millions of tourists from all over the world. Prom Phong is recognized by tourists as the best tourist base in Bangkok, and besides Sukhumvit Park, there are hundreds of hotels which are from reasonable hotels to luxury hotels.

We storongly recommend tourists from overseas to stay at hotels in Phrom Phong area.
17 May, 2022
Phuket aims to attract 1 million foreign tourists in the 4th quarter of 2022
Bhummikitti Ruktaengam, Chairman of the Phuket Tourism Association, said the number of foreign tourists visiting Phuket has improved since the Test & Go scheme was canceled on May 1.

According to Chairman Bhummikitti, the number of daily tourists arriving in Phuket from abroad was 400-500 per day during the sandbox scheme and 2,500 per day during the Test & Go scheme, compared to May 1. After that, it increased to 3,000 to 5,000 a day.

In the year 2019 before the pandemic, 10 million overseas travelers (including 3 million Chinese) visited Phuket. With China's strict entry restrictions, the number of tourists in Phuket is far from what it was before, but Chairman Bhummikitti said that Phuket aims to attract one million foreign travelers will travel in the three months of the 4th quarter of 2022, and they expects 3.5 million visitors in 2022 as a whole.

Now that Phuket has lost Chinese tourists, Chairman Bhummikitti sees India as a first potential market and in fact most of the foreign tourists in May 2022 are from India. Averaging daily 1,000 Indian tourists are traveling from India to Phuket by direct flight. Next potential market is Australia, with approximately 10,000 visitors from Australia visiting Phuket during the month of April 2022 and expected to grow to more than 15,000 monthly after May. In addition, many tourists from the UK, Singapore, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia have begun to visit Phuket, and the situation of the Phuket tourism industry seems to be steadily improving.

The virus situation is no longer a great concern for Phuket tourism, but other economic indicators that affect both supply and demand, such as inflation, exchange rates and oil prices, should be more concerned, said Chairman Bhummikitti.

Over the past year, Phuket has been contributing to the reconstruction of Thailand's tourism industry by implementing various measures such as the sandbox scheme as a flag-bearer for the reconstruction of Thailand's tourism industry. Currently, the number of foreign tourists is gradually increasing in other international tourist destinations such as Bangkok. On the other hand, the number of tourists visiting Thailand from China and Japan has not increasing sufficiently yet because the two countries, China and Japan, which are big markets for the Thai tourism industry, still enforce strict entry restrictions that are rare in the world. The immediate challenge is to attract tourists from potential markets such as India and Australia to boost Thai tourism industry. On the other hand, the return of tourists from China and Japan to Thailand is expected to be a full-scale revival of the Thai tourism industry.
16 May, 2022
AOT recommends arriving at the airport earlier than usual
Thailand is significantly relaxing moving restrictions, including deregulation of entry to Thailand. Along with this, the number of airport users has increased dramatically. Currently, the airport is in a transitional period to return to normal, and the airport is not fully able to cope with the increased number of airport users.

Considering this situation,, AOT recommends that passengers arrive at the airport approximately 2 hours in advance for domestic flights and 3 hours in advance for international flights.

For more information, please contact the AOT Contact Center 1722 (24 hours), or please refer to AOT's official Website.

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