Phuket, a tourist island in Thailand, is planning to receive travelers from October this year. These new visitors do not have to go to a 14-day ban on a hotel.
Bloomberg says the country’s main island strategy, known for its luxurious resorts and lakes, is to buy the vaccine doses needed to vaccinate 70% of its approximately 400,000 residents by September 1.
The program is being funded by a number of business groups, including the Phuket Chamber of Commerce and the Phuket Tourism Association, according to Bloomberg.
“It simply came to our notice then. We will not survive if we have to wait, ”Ruktenkam, president of the Tourism Association, told Bloomberg. “If we miss this high winter, we will have to wait another year.”
The government has not yet approved the so-called “October 1st” plan. According to Bloomberg, Phuket is considering buying doses of the Chinese synovial biotech vaccine, which researchers found to be 50.4% effective.
Thailand reopened to foreign travelers in October with a new special tourist visa program that allows visitors to stay in the country for up to nine months. However, the vacancies could not be filled.
The country, which earned more than $ 64 billion from tourism in 2020, has a much lower profit than the previous year, at $ 28 billion.