Posts Tagged ‘TAT’

Thai Tourism Authority Thinks 1,500 People Are Coming After July 1st Due To COVID-19 Sandbox Plan

June 25, 2021

Thailand’s Tourism Authority announced that 1,500 people are expected to arrive on July 1 for the opening of the much-maligned Phuket Sandbox. The governor of TAT said that 1,500 tickets have been booked for international flights to arrive in Phuket on the first day of reopening.
During the celebrations, the island intends to welcome back the first arrivals in over a year and a half. A total of 200 members of the media and international agencies have been invited to take part in the Phuket reopening.
To boost domestic tourism, promotions will also be launched to lure fully vaccinated Thais to the holiday island. TAT is partnering with a variety of tourism agencies and the Council and Chamber of Commerce of Thailand to create special programs to encourage vaccinated Thais to visit Phuket. Phuket is launching a tourism promotion called “Hug Thai, Chai Thai, Hug Travel”.
With 1,500 attendees, the kickoff is a promising start that will gradually grow through the end of the third quarter at the end of September. The government has now set a goal for 100,000 international tourists to arrive in Phuket between July 1 and September 30. The hope is that this will generate some tourism revenue, certainly more than the island province has seen since the Covid-19 pandemic started.
There are still hurdles to be overcome before the Phuket Sandbox reopens. As a result of the travel restrictions for the first 14 days of international arrivals, the province is setting up a tourist tracking center. Owners of bars and entertainment venues on the island are angry and are rallying to reopen when tourists return. There has been little assistance to local businesses, and there is little nightlife or even a nightcap for tourists that arrive.
The TAT also addressed the infection rate in Phuket at the moment, saying that it is in the single digits daily and asking for the public’s trust. The government claims to control and manage infection with strict safety measures and the SHA Plus certification program that ensures businesses follow the rules.

My Decade in Thailand

December 13, 2009

I have been here since August of 2000 and I have spent the last 9 or 10 years here. I have not gone back to my country, not even once.

            In those 9 or 10 years, I have been raped, molested, abused (verbally and physically), beaten nearly to death twice, had sex with women as well as monsters (don’t ask), had a wife, lost the same wife, had a son, lost a son and been to the police station at least three times. I have lied as well as been lied to. I have stolen as well as been stolen from. I had a son, only to lose track of him as well as his mother. My own mother won’t even talk to me. My father and my brother barely tolerate my existence. They rarely talk to me by email and I am afraid that it is the same for me. I have been homeless twice and I feel like I have done more in ten years then in the first thirty years.

            My life in Thailand would not be celebrated by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). Despite all that has happened, I would not trade those 9 or 10 years. For one thing, I did produce a son, something that I thought that I never would do in my home country of the United States. I am an English teacher and have tried my best to make Thais’ lives better by teaching them English. I did try to volunteer in the US for certain things, but that is different. My full-time job is to help people. I think that I can proud of that.

            Why have I not been back in the United States? As an adult, I found that the efficiency and the perfection really annoying. In the United States, everything runs on time. The phones always working. The banks always doing their job for you as they should. The electricity and water are always working. The trains and buses leave and arrive almost on time. Things are just so perfect. There is nothing to test you as a person. There is almost nothing to test your anger. There was nothing to my soul. My soul was not growing because there was nothing to test it. In Thailand, there is plenty to test your soul and to find out who you are. I would never have changed in the States while I have changed a lot in Thailand.

            Another thing that I did not like about the United States was that Americans complain too much. They complain about the schools, the government and each other endlessly. They have many outlets to do it such as radio talk shows, TV talk shows and the Internet. It became a cacophony and I just got really got tired.

            With all the complaining, you would think that the States is one of the worst places to live on the planet. The States is actually as perfect as a country can be on this planet and the Americans should appreciate more what they have.

            Thais are quite the opposite, even though they have good reasons. They have one of the most corrupt governments on the planet. The people in politics are also quite divided about the direction of the country. Their education system is indeed one of the worst on the planet and nobody seems to be doing anything about it.  Bangkok’s traffic would try the patience of saints and priests. Despite all this, Thais will sit back and smile. “No problem” is one of their favorite phrases.

            Another thing is that some Americans are just obsessed with conspiracy theories. They wonder who killed JFK and build shrines to their obsessions, They go to conventions who have the same obsession. Their whole life is devoted to their obsession and they have no room for the full life that they could have. Their obsession has become their life and I don’t like people who do not embrace the fullness of life. I came to Thailand to embrace life and it has made me a better person.

            Thais don’t believe in government conspiracies because they know that their government is out to get them. They know that people in power care more about maintaining their power then helping them. They only call the police if it is absolutely necessary since they are not sure what side the police are on. They could even be on the side of the criminals if the criminals give them enough money. A country’s people only believe in conspiracies if overall, their government is good.

            I am probably crazy to stay in a country that is as bad as Thailand. I guess that you would say that I am in love in Thailand and you would be right. I am crazy in love with Thailand and that is probably not going to change.

Panda Pandering II

November 30, 2009

To add just a few details that I forgot in the last article that I wrote about the baby panda, I have decided to write a little more about the panda. You should know the following:
1. His name is Lin Ping if you really want to know.
2. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is using him (I belived that it is a him) in commercials on Thai TV. The commercial shows the webiste for TAT and it is http://www.tourismthailand.com.
3. You can watch the activities of Lin Ping 24 hours a day on a channel on True Vision or UBC or whatever you choose to call this Thai national cable service. If that won’t get you tired of the little guy, I don’t know what will.
I also want to make clear that I like pandas. They are beautiful creatures that deserve predservation. I just believe that the Thais have gone overboard in their media coverage of the this particular little guy. This little guy has become overexposed and somebody should stop it before I or somebody else throws up.