Mr Isara Sathapanaset, the Prachuap Khiri Khan Provincial Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), has expressed his confidence that Hua Hin will be ready and be approved to receive international travellers from October 1st.
He has now described plans to push ahead for the opening by appointing a working group to consider the management of priority issues. The identified areas – vaccine distribution, hygiene/safety for local community members, urban development to meet the needs of tourists, marketing plans and risk management.
Planning information will be submitted to the Provincial Communicable Disease Committee before submission to the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) along with Standard Operational Plans (SOP). An announcement is expected from the CCSA next week with a national SOP for the areas approved to open in October.
The Hua Hin municipal area is one of those anticipating this approval, required before the opening can be confirmed, regardless of the confidence of either provincial or local agencies.
Confidence in the opening of Hua Hin on October 1st is based on the expectation that more than 70% of the general population will have received double vaccinations doses by that date as well as 100% of hospitality personnel.
There are many local facilities that have now achieved Thailand’s health and safety administration SHA+ PLUS certification, a requirement for hotels accepting accommodation bookings from international travellers. Mr Isara added that further registrations are ongoing he encourages all facilities to achieve the SHA health and safety standards.
Information about SHA registration can be found at www.thailandsha.com. However with registrations continuing, hotels not appearing on this list may need to be contacted to be confident about their current status.
Mr Isara says that as the last quarter of the year is usually the high season, he expects foreign tourists will return from October. He specifically mentioned Scandinavian countries, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore as countries showing the most interest in travelling to Hua Hin and the high interest of airlines eager to soon begin flights to Hua Hin International Airport.