Thailand News Update | Thailand to focus on Saudi tourists to Pattaya

Around 2,500 travellers flew into Suvarnabhumi airport yesterday… the primary day of the rebooted Test & Go program. The passengers arrived on forty six completely different flights. Just some fast maths suggests that’s around 54 folks per flight… glad I’m not working those airways.Most of the arrivals came from Malaysia and Singapore, and some from European destinations as well.To be clear, none of yesterday’s arrivals have been beneath the model new Test & Go program which only opened for registration yesterday morning at 9am.Travellers are actually required to take two PCR checks, one on the first day of arrival and another on the fifth. They even have to stay in an SHA+ hotel for these two days… all of that pre-paid with the receipts uploaded whenever you apply on your Test & Go Thailand Pass.Whilst lots of the arrivals in the meanwhile are Thais, enterprise individuals and expats, the country’s tourism sector is wary about the extra complicated Test & Go reboot is going to convey the flood of tourists the TAT and Tourism Ministry believe. We’ll keep you updated on the progress of the relaunched Test & Go right here at The Thaiger.
The Thai / Saudi love-in remains to be in full swing. PM Prayut Chan-o-cha has instructed tourism businesses in Pattaya to arrange a journey roadshow for upcoming ministerial visits to Saudi Arabia so as to promote tourism and develop relations between the 2 nations.Following the directive, the TAT governor met with the Pattaya entrepreneurs group “One Voice” to disclose the PM’s journey to Saudi Arabia together with cabinet members and TAT officials (of course), though the date has not been set for the travelling expo at this stage.According to the governor, the principle goal is to attract Saudi tourists to visit Thailand and promote the country’s tourism industry, which he mentioned will have a big influence on the Thai financial system.Early plans are reportedly within the works to advertise Pattaya as a “HUB” for tourism from Saudi Arabia, significantly Islamic tourism, with loads of halal foods, native mosques, a rising Muslim neighborhood, resorts with Muslim-friendly prayer rooms, and family-friendly tourist sights which would possibly be acceptable to Islamic visitors.And as all of us ponder that last paragraph, we’ll rapidly transfer onto the next story….
——————————————————————————————————————————————————Authorities have slapped the Phuket taxi driver, who is accused of overcharging a Thai passenger after an argument over the payment went viral, with a 2,000 baht nice, and have ordered him to go through etiquette training. The driver charged a Thai traveller 600 baht for a roughly 15 minute drive from the Kamala Beach space to a lodge close to Patong Beach.The traveller had tried to book a ride by way of the purposes Grab and Bolt, but drivers on each platforms refused, apparently because of fears from what they described as a taxi mafia. The traveller says the fare was listed as 168 baht on his Bolt app. He and his girlfriend decided to hail a taxi, however when the driving force informed them the journey was 600 baht, they got right into a debate after which the police became concerned.The traveller filmed the altercation, where the driving force can be seen yelling that the fare is 600 baht, and the movies have been extensively shared on social media. The driver swore on the passengers and told them to call the police, including that officers won’t do something because “they are friends”.According to Phuket Police Commander, the driving force is now underneath investigation for inflicting concern by threatening and intimidating. The police say they are gathering more evidence from CCTV footage and asking extra witnesses about the state of affairs earlier than urgent extra expenses.
——————————————————————————————————————————————————Two Chinese men have been arrested for allegedly defrauding more than 1,000 people for more than 2 billion baht by luring them in to make excessive investments on a web-based buying application. Police in both Bangkok and Chiang Mai received complaints from those that had lost money within the alleged rip-off.According to the chief of the 191 Patrol and Special Operation Division, Pol Maj Gen Somboon Thiankhao, the two suspects have been found at their condominium in RamIntra district after following complaints.Four computer systems, 10 cell phones, and fifty seven passbooks with ATM and cell phone SIM cards had been seized by police, who also discovered a total of 2 billion baht being transacted, with 1.4 billion baht being transferred to different bank accounts and the remaining being laundered by way of cryptocurrencies.During questioning, the 2 suspects informed police that they came to Thailand to work in the financial companies for a month-to-month pay of 30,000 baht each and reportedly denied that they had misled others.Now they’re being charged with exploiting electronic money and operating without work permits within the kingdom and have been transferred to Khok Kram police, along with the entire things confiscated, as the investigation has now been expanded to seek out their collaborators.
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In the past a number of months, 76 inmates have escaped from Thai correctional facilities, a major increase when in comparability with the previous 12 months. The Thai Justice Minister says most of the prisoners escaped during their 14 day quarantine at a brief jail or hospital, which stays a requirement before being housed within the basic jail population. For a long run approach to managing the situation, the minister says the Department of Corrections will organise a jail system to offer a particular space for the new inmates to quarantine because the Covid-19 situation is ongoing with no clear finish in sight.
——————————————————————————————————————————————————And as Myanmar marks its first anniversary after the 2021 army coup, streets in some of the country’s primary cities had been practically abandoned. Opponents of navy rule held silent vigils to mark the coup de tat (French word… koo day tar) that sparked lethal chaos and destroyed the country’s tentative steps in path of democracy with Aung Sun Su Kyi at the helm.The US, Britain and Canada imposed new sanctions on the Burmese navy and joined other countries in calling for a worldwide halt in arms sales to Myanmar.Since its bloody suppression of protests within the months following the coup, the military has confronted armed resistance on a number of fronts in outlying areas from groups allied with the ousted government.Yesterday, an explosion took place during a procession of military supporters in Tachileik, right on the border with Thailand’s Chiang Rai province. The blast killed two individuals, according to witnesses, and wounded greater than 30 others.
Dependable -19 update

-8,587 new cases

-(131 from abroad)

-22 deaths

-83,094 in care

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