Thai travel industry lobbies for borders to reopen

A group of major tour operators and hoteliers in Thailand has launched a petition asking the country’s government to reopen borders from July 1.

The Asian country is currently closed to international leisure travellers.

The Open Thailand Safely campaigners say that the beginning of July is the appropriate date to reopen because the most travellers from key markets, such as Europe and the US, will be vaccinated by then.

There are 21 signatories to the campaign’s online letter, entitled ‘A call to reopen Thailand’.

The letter said: “The continued closure of international travel has decimated Thailand’s tourism and related industries.

“The current situation is unsustainable.”

It wants “tourists with proof of vaccination enter Thailand without quarantine”.

The July 1 date also gives international travellers time to make plans and bookings, and enables airlines, hotels and tour operators to prepare for tourism to resume.

The petition will be sent to the prime minister, tourism minister and governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

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