In a bid to stimulate the local tourism industry, the Committee of National Tourism Policy has approved the Hua Hin Recharge project under which Hua Hin residents and tourism workers will be given Covid-19 jabs.

The committee has approved a pilot plan to allow foreign tourists with a vaccine passport to enter Prachuap Khiri Khan and Phetchaburi from October onwards.

Traisulee Traisoranakul, deputy government spokesperson, said the panel also agreed to have tourism personnel nationwide vaccinated in line with the government’s plan to reopen the country and gain confidence.

The plan will be proposed to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration this month.

Under the Hua Hin Recharge project, she said the government will accelerate the procuring of 350,000 doses to vaccinate residents and tourism staff in the area next month.

“If the project goes as planned, at least 100,000 tourists should visit Hua Hin from October to December, generating revenue of over 1.2 billion baht, while some 100,000 will get their jobs back,” said Mr. Krip Rojanastien, President of Preserve Hua Hin Group, Chairman & CEO of Chiva-Som and President of the Thai Spa Association.

Dr Suriya Kuharat from the Prachuap Khiri Khan Provincial Public Health Office said medical staff in the province will encourage people to receive their Covid-19 jab from June 7 onwards.

“The number of people registering for jabs is rising gradually,” he said.