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10 minutes ago, shackleton said:

After reading about the numbers of local tourists visiting Pattaya last weekend holiday

The number of hotels saying how booked they were plus restaurants full as well

Who needs foreign tourists 

Just announce a special holiday people will flock to the tourist resorts 

Cant see foreign tourists coming this year  with all the quarantine  messages getting sent out

 

 

I can see issues with a quarantine, but i also see issues with just randomly opening up the country. 

 

There needs to be balance. 

 

If they do open up, and they are not going to test on mass at the airport, then a half way solution maybe to quarantine visitors, till as which time they are tested negative and can then leave the quarantine. 

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and why should they with the way they have been treated over the last 30 years? They have been scammed one too many times and are booking their 40 quid flights to Spain instead.   I can

The people on the 5k a month handout are not the ones taking holidays and filling the 3-5 star hotels, it's the other segment of Thai society, the middle classes who would normally have gone overseas,

Was speaking to a Thai friend of mine recently and she said "the economy will recover soon because everyone wants to visit Thailand". Had a bit of a laugh at that and chatted about how expensive Thail

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5 hours ago, Accidental Tourist said:

Why is this so difficult to understand? Foreign TOURIST will not come before there are NO restriction on arrival, such as Test, Quarantine, extra health insurance other than Travel insurance, and deposit money into a local bank. TOURIST are coming for holiday and looking for good times...

Flight restriction and uncertainty of delayed and canceled flights will add to reduce the number of oversea tourism. PERIOD.

Id do all that and jump through rings of fire with two COVID swabs jammed up my nostrils if it meant a 1 year visa :^)

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6 hours ago, Accidental Tourist said:

Why is this so difficult to understand? Foreign TOURIST will not come before there are NO restriction on arrival, such as Test, Quarantine, extra health insurance other than Travel insurance, and deposit money into a local bank. TOURIST are coming for holiday and looking for good times...

Flight restriction and uncertainty of delayed and canceled flights will add to reduce the number of oversea tourism. PERIOD.

 

And quite rightly they will not open if it meant there would be a huge export in infections to the country.

 

Do you want Thailand to end up like India, where seemingly the virus is out of control.

 

I still don't understand why they can't create a laboratory at the airport, and do mass airport testing. Before anyone says that's impossible - Iceland is doing it. Dubai is testing at the airport, but their system is a tad hit or miss (ie you can get away with no testing at aiport if you do your own test 72 hours beforehand, which of course means you can catch the virus in those 72 hours after you've taken the test). 

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10 minutes ago, AndrewMciver said:

 

And quite rightly they will not open if it meant there would be a huge export in infections to the country.

 

Do you want Thailand to end up like India, where seemingly the virus is out of control.

 

I still don't understand why they can't create a laboratory at the airport, and do mass airport testing. Before anyone says that's impossible - Iceland is doing it. Dubai is testing at the airport, but their system is a tad hit or miss (ie you can get away with no testing at aiport if you do your own test 72 hours beforehand, which of course means you can catch the virus in those 72 hours after you've taken the test). 

 

And quite rightly they will not open if it meant there would be a huge export in infections to the country

 

yes, they are not confident that their healthcare system is robust enough to cope.

 

Iceland is doing it. Dubai is testing at the airport,

 

i dare say they are but they will be dealing with considerably fewer tourists than thailand would be.

 

 

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12 minutes ago, samsensam said:

 

And quite rightly they will not open if it meant there would be a huge export in infections to the country

 

yes, they are not confident that their healthcare system is robust enough to cope.

 

Iceland is doing it. Dubai is testing at the airport,

 

i dare say they are but they will be dealing with considerably fewer tourists than thailand would be.

 

 

Testing and quarantine is a moot point until travel insurance companies offer coverage for Covid-19.  Until then, even those who wish to travel without insurance, will not be able to get on a flight to get here, because the plane will be empty, and the flight cancelled. 

 

Thailand can open up boarders tomorrow, but there are a lot of other factors at play than just Thailand opening up their boarders.  

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9 hours ago, freesudani said:

They seriously think that tourists will be flocking to Thailand in October?

I guess if you’re hungry, all you have is to hope... what else can they tell their kids?

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3 minutes ago, DB58 said:

I guess if you’re hungry, all you have is to hope... what else can they tell their kids?

If you are hungry, you steal to survive.  Crime will increase significantly, the longer this goes on.  

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2 hours ago, samsensam said:

 

And quite rightly they will not open if it meant there would be a huge export in infections to the country

 

yes, they are not confident that their healthcare system is robust enough to cope.

 

Iceland is doing it. Dubai is testing at the airport,

 

i dare say they are but they will be dealing with considerably fewer tourists than thailand would be.

 

 

 Both Dubai and Iceland are huge tourist hubs. 

 

Dubai had nearly 16 million tourists last year, almost on par with Bangkok. Iceland is packed with Chinese tourists usually. I have never seen a more concentrated number of Chinese tourists in my life than in Iceland. 

 

Eventually the ambitious plan for Dubai is to test every passenger on arrival. Without tourism Dubai is in serious trouble. The same could be said for Thailand. 

 

You aren't going to have test anywhere near the 15-20 million tourists a year. It would only be a fraction of that. Stagnate the arrivals throughout the day. Add a tax on arrivals to compensate for the tests. 

 

Go youtube what iceland are doing. Eventually every country will be doing this. 

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12 hours ago, Bangkok Barry said:

Sounds like a really good reason not to go there.

Get there a day late and likely need to leave 8 hours early to get a ferry back. Hardly a nice weekend break.

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8 hours ago, shackleton said:

After reading about the numbers of local tourists visiting Pattaya last weekend holiday

The number of hotels saying how booked they were plus restaurants full as well

Who needs foreign tourists 

Just announce a special holiday people will flock to the tourist resorts 

Cant see foreign tourists coming this year  with all the quarantine  messages getting sent out

 

That's exactly what the strategy is, they hope (and probably will) divert domestic demand for overseas travel, into domestic tourism - there's a lot of money spent each year by Thai's on foreign travel each year, if only a portion of it can be diverted it will help enormously and will mean they can keep the borders closed for longer.

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17 hours ago, webfact said:

They were waiting for October and high season before giving it a go. 

With the government regulations on international travelers I'd rethink that date too.

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13 hours ago, H1w4yR1da said:

Wow! You know the minds of most TVF posters? Amazing ability.

Every westerner I know, knows there's a middle and upper middle class in Thailand.

You don't do metaphors do you, we can tell!

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Some Hotels are doing very well to compensate for the lack of customers; The Ambassador, just down from Pattaya Plod's favourite ambush site, has raised its prices TWICE in two weeks.  I use the gym facilities 3 times a week and travel 16 kms to do so.  First week was OK; 2nd week the price went up 50%!  3rd week it went up by a further 33%!  I am actively searching for alternatives before I go bankrupt or to Vietnam.

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1594451010652655820578378062078.thumb.jpg.804269f24ab4821090290c3d70d227dd.jpgCentral Marina normally on Saturday afternoon mostly Thais/Thai families walking, eating, going to the movies.

Today, well photos speak for themselves.  Ghostown. Mostly yawning, bored employees.

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