DMC Diethelm Travel has voiced concern over a lack of clarity for reopening Thailand to international holidaymakers.
The Thai arm of Diethelm Travel Group is calling on the government in Bangkok for a plan to revive inbound tourism following the Covid-19 pandemic.
The company has requested more information about the lifting of travel restrictions from Tourism Authority of Thailand governor Yuthasak Supasorn and tourism minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn.
Diethelm, which has offices across Asia and serves hundreds of global tour operators, admitted that the Thai government’s guidelines regarding tourism have played a significant role in combatting the spread of Covid-19.
But since strict policies were put in place in March, the global situation surrounding the pandemic has changed.
Diethelm Travel Thailand wants to open discussions between government authorities, the TAT and the local tourism industry to begin moving forward.
Group chief executive Stephan Roemer said: “We’re grateful for the Thai government’s leadership in controlling Covid-19 but are becoming increasingly concerned over the future of Thailand’s tourism industry, which directly and indirectly affects millions of citizens across the country.
“Thailand is regarded as the flagship of Asia tourism and we hope that the Thai government will introduce a plan for reviving international tourism as soon as possible.
“To continue to keep our valued employees and maintain trust with our overseas partners, we need planning security.”
He added: “We’re encouraged to see that looser travel regulations in combination with careful controls in Europe and East Asia have not led to any sudden increases in virus cases. Instead, they have started to allow the respective regions’ tourism industries to slowly recover and, in turn, protect valuable jobs.”
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