Tourist paradise Chiang Mai - Thailand welcomes guests from August



Chiang Mai, the northeastern province of Thailand will reopen from August to visitors who had fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the Bangkok Post reported on June 8.

The Chiang Mai government is learning to apply Phukhet's "sandbox tourism" model, allowing the island to welcome international visitors from July 1.  The "sandbox model" requires visitors to stay on the island for 14 days before moving to other locations.

 Both localities, whose economies depend on tourism, have been hit hard since the pandemic.  The Thai government expressed its hope that the "sandbox model" will be the "medicine" for the current difficult predicament.

Tourist paradise Chiang Mai - Thailand welcomes guests from August

Tourist paradise Chiang Mai - Thailand welcomes guests from August / ph: pexels

 This model will be piloted in four districts of Chiang Mai including Mae Rim, Mae Taeng, Doi Tao and Muang before the whole province is reopened from October 15.

 The Tourism Authority of Thailand will submit a proposal to reopen Chiang Mai to the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) for approval.  The province's "sandbox" program will limit foreign tourists' itineraries to fixed routes, only taking them to pre-planned locations, and independent travel is not allowed.

 Mr. Narong Tananuwat, vice chairman of the Economic Development Committee of the Northern Chamber of Commerce, said that Chiang Mai cannot allow the economic situation to slide any longer.

 This locality is a place that attracts a lot of foreign tourists and has made a significant contribution to the Thai economy.  Chiang Mai's tourism revenue in 2019 was 100 billion baht (about $3.2 million) but that number dropped to 43 billion baht ($1.37 million) last year.  The pandemic has forced more than 60% of Chiang Mai's tourist businesses to close.

 Mr. Narong said the third wave of COVID-19 with the most destructive power to date, has prompted the province to come up with stimulus plans to save the tourism industry.  However, a necessary condition is that a large number of local people are vaccinated while the implementation of the vaccine program here is still very slow.

Tourist paradise Chiang Mai - Thailand welcomes guests from August

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