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Third wave stymies plan to lure Chinese

06/11/2021| 2:34:49 PM|

Even Phuket's quarantine-free tourism scheme for inoculated travellers is unlikely to lure Chinese to book vacations on the island if they have to spend a half-month in isolation at home.

There is little hope of attracting Chinese travellers to Thailand under the sandbox scheme during Golden Week in October as long as the country continues to report more than 2,000 new infections per day, says the Association of Thai Travel Agents (Atta).

The group said vaccine diplomacy by China and the US may also affect the tourism situation.

In addition to the ongoing third wave in Thailand, southern Chinese metropolis Guangzhou imposed strict travel restrictions to curb the Delta Covid virus first detected on the mainland, said Atta president Sisdivachr Cheewarattanaporn.

"We can assume the Chinese government will prioritise safety, extending a 21-day quarantine for those returning to China from overseas," he said.

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