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Thailand looks to open up to rich tourists

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The country is partially reducing the lockdown by reopening restaurants, cafes, and markets from May 3. 

Dr. Thaweesilp Wisanuyothin, a spokesperson for Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), said this would then be monitored for 14 days to see if the rate of infections increases again.

While the national ban on international travelers remains in place until May 30, Thailand is looking at how to resume tourism.

The priority maybe those who can afford longer – and more luxurious – trips to the country.

The head of the tourism ministry, Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, told local media they were looking to “attract a specific group of travelers to visit chosen areas.”

It is likely to be the islands, such as Koh Samui and Koh Phangan over mainland destinations such as Bangkok.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand said they were advertising travelers who stayed for longer holidays and spent more, often staying at four or five-star resorts.

They explained: “The outbreak allows Thai tourism to shift its focus to quality tourists rather than quantity.”

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