The FIrst Expats To Arrive in Phuket Under The Sandbox Are Interviewed

According to the local tourism office, the first group of foreign tourists to arrive on Phuket under the sandbox tourism program enjoyed their stay on the island.,

According to Nanthasiri Ronsiri, director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s Phuket office, Israeli tourists who visited the Old Town on the island’s first day of reopening were impressed by the locals and the food.
Nathasiri said that the group, including Israeli tourists, tour groups, and members of the press, will spend a week in Phuket and visit many islands and communities.
A community leader in Phuket’s Old Town, Somyot Pathan, said tourists brought joy to residents, praising them for adhering to social-distancing measures.
Somyot reports that tourists from Dubai visited the Old Town recently.
Nanthasiri estimates that Phuket welcomed 2,435 tourists recently.
On Thursday, the first day of the reopening, 326 passengers landed on four flights from Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Singapore. On Friday, about 500 people were expected to arrive.Phuket Sandbox is part of the government’s plan to reopen the kingdom to foreign tourists without requiring them to undergo quarantine.
Visitors with vaccinations must stay in Phuket for 14 days before traveling to other provinces.
On July 15, 2021, Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, and Koh Tao will open their doors to foreign tourists without quarantine requirements. Phuket’s postcard-perfect beaches were visited by travelers within 24 hours of receiving a Covid-19 test result.
They were the first people to arrive in the country. Sigal Baram, visiting with her husband and friends from Israel, said, “This is the perfect place to just relax and clean our minds, ou heads, after a long time.”
The ‘Phuket Sandbox’ initiative allows fully vaccinated tourists to move freely on the island without being quarantined, although masks are required in most public areas.
Local street vendors said they had not been affected by the return of tourists, despite the fact that hotels and restaurants welcomed them back.
It is unlikely that street vendors will get money from overseas tourists… the money will instead go to hotels and restaurants, said Yupin Pap, a massage therapist who lost her job during the pandemic and became a street vendor selling food on the beach.
Last year, Thailand lost 160 billion baht in tourism revenues as foreign arrivals plummeted 83%.
Bangkok was particularly hard hit by job losses and business closures.
“I see the shops closed, which is a big change from before,” said Omar Alraeesi, who visits Phuket every year from the United Arab Emirates.
There were millions of people visiting Phuket every year before the pandemic, and the government and industry hope the reopening will help save its battered economy.

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