Phuket – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Governor revealed today, June 24th, that the Phuket Sandbox has already been scheduled to welcome more than 1,500 foreign tourists on its first day. Special tourist promotions are also planned to attract vaccinated domestic Thai tourists. First, you can read more about the Sandbox project here from our prior article. Governor Yuthasak Supasorn stated more than 1,500 people would arrive on the first flights to the island on July 1st and would gradually increase until the end of the third quarter. It is expected that a target goal of 100,000 foreign tourists would visit the island generating significant tourism dollars for the economy by the end of the third quarter. Moreover, TAT has planned to invite the media and international agencies to observe the island reopening after almost two years of closure due to the Covid-19 outbreak. About 200 of them are expected to gradually arrive in July. TAT is going to organize a ... » Learn More about Phuket to welcome more than 1,500 foreign tourists on first day of “Phuket Sandbox”, Tourism Authority Governor reveals
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SINGAPORE - More migrant workers and foreign domestic helpers will soon be allowed to enter Singapore to work, said Trade and Industry Minister Gan Kim Yong on Thursday (June 24). "This will ease the immense pressures our companies have been under since the start of the pandemic," he said, adding that this will also allow family members to reunite and their migrant domestic helpers to join them. When asked how the Government will ensure that migrant workers are brought into Singapore in a safe manner, Mr Gan said the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), Ministry of Trade and Industry and other ministries are working together to strengthen its precautionary measures. These include measures at the entry point as they enter Singapore; the process of the stay-home notice they will have to serve; and safety precautions in their dormitories and workplaces. Allowing more migrant workers to enter Singapore will also be dependent on the source country's vaccination rates and Covid-19 situation, ... » Learn More about More migrant workers, including domestic helpers, to be allowed into Singapore
An aerial view of Phuket's Patong beach during the tourism slowdown caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. AFP The Phuket sandbox scheme is still fixing inconvenient regulations, particularly regarding digital competency, in the buildup to its planned reopening on July 1. However, important short-haul markets are likely to be absent in the early months of the scheme. Rules regarding verification and tracking systems still pose a challenge, including redundant apps as Thailand is using at least two now. Vaccine certificate verification is another stumbling block as many countries are issuing a paper and digital version, said Bhummikitti Ruktaengam, president of the Phuket Tourist Association. Guests flying to the island hoping to rejoin friends or loved ones may be disappointed as the sandbox does not allow inbound guests to share a room with domestic guests, he said. "There is much debate about this question. The health authorities are strongly opposed to the idea of letting ... » Learn More about Ironing out glitches in the sandbox
The following is a press release by Ramayana Water Park. Their statements are their own. Pattaya – Ramayana Water Park, the biggest and best water park in Thailand, will reopen on June 26th. Ramayana welcomes everyone to come and play at the water park every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. To celebrate the reopening, Ramayana introduced a FUNtastic promotion, in which children (under 121 cm.) can come to the water park for free on June 26th and June 27th. The General Manager of Ramayana Water Park Andrea Galeazzi said, “During the recent extension of online learning in schools, many children spend less time socializing and playing with their friends.” “We want to offer children an opportunity to visit our park for free and enjoy it with their friends and family. In the current time, we want to be a source of much-needed fun and positive emotions.” “Ramayana was one of the first attractions to receive an SHA certificate, marking it as a safe place to visit. Moreover, ... » Learn More about PRESS RELEASE: FUNtastic return of Ramayana Water Park!
Progress Singapore Party (PSP) unveiled their manifesto for the 2020 General Election on Monday (June 29, 2020). In a virtual press conference, the party's vice chairman, Hazel Poa, introduced their 13-page manifesto proposing policies in three key areas, social, political and economic development. "Economy must serve the people, rather than the other way around": Poa Poa introduced the manifesto by highlighting that one of the guiding principles of PSP is that "the economy must serve the people, rather than the other way around". To further elaborate on the same point, she added that: "So the whole purpose of economic growth must be to improve the lives of people. And it shouldn't be a case where it is simply people being used as inputs to grow the economy." Economic development proposals Touching on economic policies, Poa said that PSP aims to increase the wages of Singaporeans, job priorities for citizens, reducing the foreign workforce and to ... » Learn More about GE2020: PSP launches manifesto calling for reduction of ministerial salaries, no GST on basic necessities