Thailand hosting travel agent sessions as tourism reopens

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is hosting a series of destination weeks to help agents get up to speed with the country’s latest developments as it starts to welcome tourists back.

While Thailand remains on the UK’s amber list, Phuket reopened to international visitors on July 1.

The resort of Koh Samui is scheduled to reopen from July 15, as the UK government weighs up when it will introduce quarantine-free travel for those arriving from amber list destinations.

To help agents prepare for a return of UK tourism in Thailand, TAT has scheduled two destination weeks.

The first, focussed on Phuket, starts from Tuesday, July 6, with an hour-long session with suppliers from 11am including virtual fam trips. This will be followed by 11am-12pm sessions on Phuket on Wednesday July 7 and Thursday July 8.

Samui Week will see three sessions take place on July 20-22, covering entry requirements, hotels and tours.

Chiravadee Khunsub, director of TAT London, said: “As travel restarts to Thailand there has never been a better time for agents to refresh their knowledge which is why we’ve created a series of special destination weeks.

“These sessions will talk agents through the entry requirements and help answer any questions they have. Since we announced Phuket reopened last week, on July 1, we’ve heard positive news from our trade partners that Thailand enquiries are increasing and it now sits within their top 10 destinations for bookings and is the top seller in Asia.

“Enquiries are a combination of immediate travel this summer and for winter sun from November and our ongoing training sessions for agents will continue to roll out to reflect Thailand’s reopening plans which sees more resorts open over the next few months. Koh Samui will start welcoming international travellers from July 15, so we’re also inviting agents to join Samui Week from July 20-22.”

Agents who attend one of the sessions will be in with a chance of winning a £50 Amazon voucher.

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