SEVEN Chinese millionaires are ready to fly to Thailand on a private jet as soon as the Foreign Ministry approves the Special Tourist Visa for this class of visitors with this being the only official hurdle remaining as everything else is fully now ready, Thai Quote and Sanook.com reported today (Sept. 29, 2020).
Mr. Pipat Ratchakitprakarn, the Tourism and Sports Minister, said approval for special and long-stay tourists to come to Thailand has already been given by the Cabinet, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, the Interior Ministry with his ministry also fully ready to welcome them having prepared a hotel for their quarantine.
Only the Foreign Ministry’s go-ahead is awaited with the Tourism and Sports Ministry having set a goal to open the door on October 1, he said, adding that the first group of tourists is ready to fly in immediately.
Meanwhile Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), also confirmed that all procedures are ready to welcome special and long-stay tourists with only the publication of the Special Tourist Visa in the Royal Gazette being awaited.
A number of tourists, both in Asia and in Europe, have confirmed that they want to come to Thailand and this limited tourism is expected to kick off beginning of next month.
There have also been numerous enquiries with those able to travel on charter or private jets able to do so right away but those who want to travel on a commercial flight would have to wait, he added.
Dr. Tosaporn Sirisamphan, chairman of the Tourism Authority of Thailand board, said initially the focus will be on drawing special tourists from countries that are safe with the Covid-19 pandemic under control and strict procedures in place.
At first the markets will be countries nearby, such as China and Japan. But tourists in Europe and Scandinavia are also keen on travelling here.
He added that the time is now right to open up to foreign tourists because any delay would mean losing advantage to competitors.
Top: A luxury private jet. Photo: Hush Hush (CC BY 2.0)