Bangkok, August 26 (SocialNews.XYZ) More than 3,000 international tourists have visited other designated tourist areas beyond Phuket in Thailand since a new program went into effect on Aug. 16, the country’s Economic Situation Administration Center said.

The “Phuket Sandbox 7 + 7 Extension” program reduces the mandatory stay on the resort island for fully vaccinated international travelers from 14 to seven days, after which an additional seven days can be spent at alternative tourism hot spots in Krabi, Phang-Nga or Surat Thani, reports the Xinhua News Agency.

“The program signifies progress on Thailand’s plan to gradually reopen to fully immunized international travelers.” said Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).

Other destinations will be added to the list, once the preparation of appropriate health and safety measures is fully in place, he added.

So far, a total of 24,190 tourists have visited the country under the Phuket Sandbox program, which was launched on July 1, allowing vaccinated foreign tourists from low and medium risk countries to visit the island without suffering a period of two weeks. quarantine.

The main countries of origin of these travelers are the United States, United Kingdom, Israel, France and Germany.

Tourism is considered a key driver of the Thai economy.

The country is trying to restore the sector and prepare for a nationwide reopening for foreign visitors vaccinated by mid-October.

Source: IANS

Thailand welcomes more international tourists after expansion of travel program

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