With India lifting the suspension of the international scheduled flights with the summer schedule starting from March 27, the national tourism board of Thailand is hopeful of demand for holidays in the South East Asian destination reviving gradually but steadily. TAT hopes the demand will fall back to the pre-pandemic levels by the end of this year.
TAT also reassures Indian trade and customers that the current health protocols which necessitate a Thai Pass under three different categories – Test & Go; Alternative Quarantine (AQ); and Sand Box, will be gradually lifted as the health situation improves over the next couple of months.
“We do a lot of tests. Our health procedures are very well managed and people are also highly disciplined. Life is back to normal in Thailand. Hotels, malls, shopping centres are all open. The current regulations will ease gradually,” said Vachirachai Sirisumpan, Director, TAT, New Delhi office. “Visitors can enjoy their holiday the same way as in the past. However, they have to follow certain health protocols to avoid risks,” he added.
Speaking to ETTravelWorld on the sidelines of a media event organised at the Thailand Embassy, Sirisumpan said that they “expect a step by step improvement” before the situation falls back to normal by the end of the year. Even the airline capacity is also not expected to return to pre-Covid levels in one shot, he expressed.
While family groups will take time to revive, TAT is pinning hopes on the “first movers” like millennials, golfers, wedding groups, luxury wellness seekers, etc. TAT has a moderate target of 5 lakh Indian visitors in 2022. “We have high expectations as far as the Indian market is concerned. The industry on both sides are well prepared,” said TAT Director.