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How much has Travel in Amazing Thailand Changed now? Aviation Feature, Aviation News

How much has Travel in Amazing Thailand Changed now? 1

With the pandemic, it had been 19 months since my last pint in a Bangkok pub and as I sat there it all seemed so normal, so real as though nothing had passed. As though nothing was different. 
But it most definitely was different, the arrival of Covid-19 was an event of such magnitude that no one was spared. As I sat sipping my pint my thoughts turned to the future. What lay in store for the industry I had been involved in for more than 4 decades. In 2019 in a world unaffected by the coronavirus, Thailand welcomed 39.9 million tourists from across the globe. This year the industry forecasts it will be difficult to reach 6 million for 2021. A drop of 85%. 
Tourism is a major economic contributor to the Kingdom. Estimates of tourism revenue directly contributing to the GDP, according to Wikipedia, range from one trillion baht (2013) to 2.53 trillion baht (2016), the equivalent of 9% to 17.7% of GDP. And according to the National Economic and Social Development Council (NESDC) in 2019, the tourism sector was projected to grow and in the next ten years would account for 30% of GDP by 2030, up from 20% in 2019.

These forecasts however have been adversely affected by the pandemic, NESDC confirms the actual figures for Thailand’s GDP contracted 6.1% in 2020 due to Covid-19.

Lease and hire purchase contracts on 16 aircraft were scrapped and 42 fuel-inefficient aircraft are up for sale, 38 operational planes remain, of four rather than nine types. Another 20 A320s continue to operate under the subsidiary low-cost airline, Thai Smile, giving the group 58 aircraft photo: A brand new A350 back in 2016 /AJWood
Last month Thai Airways announced they will sell off 42 planes and reduce its workforce by almost one-third as it continues restructuring the business. Piyasvasti Amranand, head of the restructuring efforts, said planes being sold are older less efficient models and it will return 16 jets to lessors.
That will leave Thai Airways with a fleet of 58 planes. The workforce will be cut from 21,300 to 14,500 by December 2022. The airline is also in talks with the government for an additional 25 billion baht loan.

Thailand’s Koh Samui Reopens to Vaccinated International Travelers Aviation Feature, Aviation News

Thailand’s Koh Samui Reopens to Vaccinated International Travelers 2

Travelers must travel from an approved country, and they must have been in that country for no fewer than 21 consecutive days.Adult arrivals must be fully vaccinated by an approved COVID-19 vaccine no fewer than 14 days before travel date.Arrival is via Bangkok’s International Airport Suvarnabhumi and transfer to direct Bangkok Airways terminal for direct flight to Koh Samui via sealed transit route.  

Koh Samui – Thailand’s second largest island and its neighboring islands Koh Phangan and Koh Tao – has opened to vaccinated international travelers without quarantine in the new SAMUI+ tourism scheme intended to kick-start the islands’ tourism industry which has been devastated by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Samui+ model represents months of planning and close cooperation between the key tourism bodies of Thailand, the TAT [Thailand Association of Tourism], THA [Thailand Hotels Association], TAKS [Tourism Association of Koh Samui], government and private sector, whose representatives attended last night’s launch ceremony at the Banana FanSea Resort on Samui’s famous Chaweng Beach.     

SAMUI+ Plus model – At a glance, how it works for vaccinated international visitors: 
Travelers must travel from an approved country, and they must have been in that country for no fewer than 21 consecutive days.A Certificate of Entry (COE).A negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test no more than 72 hours before travel date.Adult arrivals must be fully vaccinated by an approved COVID-19 vaccine no fewer than 14 days before travel date.Travelers under 18 do not require proof of vaccination, but must travel with fully vaccinated parents or guardians and show negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test.Insurance policy covering COVID-19 expenses of at least $100,000.Arrival is via Bangkok’s International Airport Suvarnabhumi and transfer to direct Bangkok Airways terminal for direct flight to Koh Samui via sealed transit route.  Must stay exclusively at an ALQ approved hotel for the first 7 nights of their stay.May stay at an SHA+ Plus approved hotel or private villa  in Koh Samui, Koh Phangan or Koh Tao for the next 7 nights of their stay Koh Samui. All airline and hotel bookings must be pre-booked and pre-paid and include payment for the mandatory 3 x RT-PCR COVID-19 tests.   Must download and install alert applications.

China’s Alibaba Group investing millions in Thailand – signs 4 MOUs Aviation Feature, Aviation News

China’s Alibaba Group investing millions in Thailand – signs 4 MOUs 4

This article is provided by our syndication partner eTurboNews. To read this article on eTurboNews  click on the headline below: China’s Alibaba Group investing millions in Thailand – signs 4 MOUs   Alibaba Group CoFounder and Executive Chairman of the Chinese Digital Conglomerate, Mr Jack Ma outlines an 11 billion baht (US$350.3 million) plan aimed

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Thailand takes a giant leap closer to becoming ASEAN’s premiere aviation hub Aviation Feature, Aviation News

Thailand takes a giant leap closer to becoming ASEAN’s premiere aviation hub 5

This article is provided by our syndication partner eTurboNews. To read this article on eTurboNews  click on the headline below: Thailand takes a giant leap closer to becoming ASEAN’s premiere aviation hub   A recently approved $45 billion investment in Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) is set to solidify the country’s position as ASEAN’s regional

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Thai Airways had a full year of financial losses Aviation Feature, Aviation News

This article is provided by our syndication partner eTurboNews. To read this article on eTurboNews  click on the headline below: Thai Airways had a full year of financial losses   THAI reported a disappointing loss despite increased passenger numbers, load factors and new fleet purchases, reducing the average fleet age. The National airline also introduced

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