Phuket Reopens to Vaccinated Tourists in July — and the Hotel Rooms May Be As Low As $1 a Night

Phuket Reopens to Vaccinated Tourists in July — and the Hotel Rooms May Be As Low As $1 a Night

The plan has been submitted to the Tourism Authority of Thailand and the Ministry of Tourism and Sports for approval.

 A tourism group in Thailand has proposed offering $1 hotel stays in an effort to entice tourists back to Phuket ahead of its opening next month.

 

The “One-night, one-dollar” campaign, proposed by the Tourism Council of Thailand, would offer certain hotel rooms to foreign tourists for only $1 per night, according to travel trade publication, TTG Asia. Eligible rooms, which would be subsidized by the government, would typically sell from about 1,000 to 3,000 baht per night (or about $32 to $96).

 

The plan has been submitted to the Tourism Authority of Thailand and the Ministry of Tourism and Sports for approval.

 

If the program was successful, it could potentially be expanded to other popular tourist destinations in Thailand like Koh Samui or Bangkok, according to TTG Asia.

 

TCT president Chamnan Srisawat said the country has “been suffering from the pandemic for 15 months now,” adding, “only mass tourism will save us.”

 

Phuket is expected to open to vaccinated foreign tourists on July 1, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand, the first destination in Thailand to welcome visitors without a quarantine requirement. To do so, Phuket has prioritized vaccines with the goal of inoculating 70% of the island’s population before it reopens.

 

“Phuket will be the pilot destination to reopen in the third quarter to fully vaccinated foreign visitors from low-risk countries under strict rules and regulations,” Yuthasak Supasorn, the TAT governor, said in a statement. “Safety is paramount in the reopening of Phuket.”

 

The relaxed restrictions come months earlier than officials initially planned with Phuket originally hoping to welcome tourists by the Fall.

 

While Phuket may be ready to welcome back tourists to its emerald waters and stunning rock formations this summer, the rest of Thailand on track to waive quarantine requirements for vaccinated visitors by October, Reuters reported.

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New York City Tourists Can Now Get Vaccinated in Popular Spots Like Times Square

New York City Tourists Can Now Get Vaccinated in Popular Spots Like Times Square

The vaccine effort will provide U.S. tourists with one-dose Johnson & Johnson shots at mobile vaccination hubs.

New York will start vaccinating visitors to the city in popular tourist spots like Times Square and the High Line in an effort to boost both tourism as well as overall vaccine numbers, the city’s mayor announced.

The plan, approved by the state’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo, is allowed after the state updated its eligibility guidance to include anyone 16 years old or older who lives in the United States. Previously, it was limited to people who lived or worked in New York.

The vaccine effort will provide U.S. tourists with one-dose Johnson & Johnson shots at mobile vaccination hubs. In addition to spots like Times Square, the shots will be set up at other popular areas like Brooklyn Bridge Park and Central Park.

All New York State mass vaccination sites and most city sites are open for walk-ins and don’t require an appointment.

“This summer, you’re going to see tourism come alive again in New York City, you’re going to see a lot of jobs come back because of it. We want to go the extra mile, make it easy for tourists,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said during a news conference on Thursday. “If they’re here, get vaccinated while you’re here. It makes sense to put mobile vaccination sites where the tourists are.”

New York isn’t the first destination to offer vaccines to tourists. Next month, Alaska plans to offer the jab to visitors who pass through the state’s airports. Alaska’s airport vaccination centers will offer the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines.

Additionally, the Maldives has said it plans to vaccinate visitors upon arrival to help it meet its tourism goals.

And some people are traveling far and wide to get their shot. In fact, some travel agencies in Thailand have started selling “vaccine tours” to the United States.

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