Phang Nga asks for tourists to be allowed journey directly from Phuket airport

Billion are urging the federal government to allow international tourists to travel directly to the province from Phuket airport, skipping the 7+7 extension scheme. Pongsakorn Ketprapakorn from the Tourism Council of Phang Nga says tourists are being put off by the bureaucracy involved in the certificate of entry application process and the 7+7 scheme which mandates that tourists must first spend 7 days on Phuket earlier than they can journey to Phang Nga.
According to a Bangkok Post report, Pongsakorn says tour operators have reported that Scandinavian tourists want to journey on to Phang Nga, without having to first spend time in Phuket.
“We need an entry leisure to let travellers proceed to Phang Nga after landing at Phuket airport, via sealed automobiles, which is anticipated to draw more vacationers.”
Meanwhile, German operator TUI Group says there is a danger vacationers shall be deterred by complicated entry requirements and go for other destinations instead. This could be unhealthy news for the Phang Nga tourism sector, with operators relying on the return of flights from Russia, hoping it will lead to 20,000 room nights booked in the last quarter of the year.
The approval of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine has led to increased interest in Thailand, based on Russian tour operators Anex Tour and Pegas Touristik, who say there was an uptake in enquiries about Khao Lak. Pongsakorn has observed this too, as he’s additionally a director at the Khao Lak Emerald Beach Resort and Spa. He says the resort has obtained inquiries from Russians for two,500 room nights per thirty days within the final quarter of the yr.
Pongsakorn says the 7+7 extension scheme has not boosted Phang Nga tourism by much, adding that 70% of the region’s SHA Plus motels have re-opened, but with only a few tourists.
“Tourism operators are working on selling Khao Lak surf town to draw not only Russian tourists who normally go to browsing spots in Bali, New Zealand, and Australia, but also other potential markets with surf cultures like France and Japan.”
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