Hanoi (VNA) – Thailand tourism the industry is on the brink again due to the impact of entry restrictions imposed to prevent the spread of the Omicron variant, although the local COVID-19 situation is fundamentally under control and vaccination progress is accelerated.
Since November, more than 350,000 vaccinated travelers have entered Thailand under its no-quarantine or Test and Go entry program, which was suspended last week after the detection of the first case of the Omicron variant.
According to Pilomrat Isvarphornchai of the Association of Thai Travel Agents (ATTA), in fact, the number of tourists did not increase significantly after the November reopening. About 50 percent of travel agents and tour operators under ATTA have closed their doors.
Meanwhile, Thai Hotel Association (THA) President Marisa Sukosol Nunbhakdi said the suspension of the no-quarantine entry program has caused a sharp drop in flight and hotel bookings for the coming months.
Thailand has so far registered 900 Omicron cases, including 200 located in a cluster in Kalasin province. This cluster was born from a couple of Belgian tourists who came via the Test and Go./.