Thailand Update and Travel Advisory for 2020
The year started like every other in Thailand, exuberant and ready to showing our guests the Land of Smiles. We were also ready to show our visitors the many second-tier provinces and rural towns full of rustic beauty as all of us could not have predicted the situation we are currently in. With Thailand being one of the largest transportation hubs in Asia, the country seemed to have been spared initially. As a popular destination for Asian tourists during the Lunar New Year, we were able to keep our confirmed cases low with vigorous sanitation in public areas and widespread usage of masks by the general public.
Tourist attractions, public parks, and beaches remain largely empty. The government has introduced safety measures aligned with the WHO recommendations of limiting large public gatherings. In Bangkok and many provinces all around Thailand, they are ordering restaurants, nightclubs, department stores, and beauty salons to temporarily close down. Recently, there have been community clusters appearing and the government has been forced to enact more aggressive measures. Despite the gravity of this situation, everyday life has not come to a complete standstill. While the traffic in Bangkok has lightened up, many people are working remotely. With restaurants serving take away only, Thai netizens have been supporting local eateries by utilizing food delivery services.
In accordance with the Ministry of Health, we are working remotely, saving energy, and practicing social distancing as well. As we take the steps to safeguard our staff, the shorter business hours do not mean that we are inaccessible: most of our staff are still available by Skype and email. For our valued clients, agents, and partners who would like an update on the situation in Thailand, please feel free to contact us. With many of our guests still traveling around South East Asia, the government has recently enacted stricter border control policies. As a result, our teams have been busy with cancellations or postponements. As we arrange for alternatives and extensions in Thailand, all of us at Khiri Thailand thank you, our guests for your continued support and patience. While everyone in the travel and hospitality industry is affected by Covid-19, we appreciate the flexibility that our suppliers have shown us and our guests.
With many of our partners shuttering operations as well, Khiri Thailand has decided not to reduce our departments. As we will need all of our team members back in the office once the situation returns to normal, so we are taking advantage of this downtime to hold training workshops. Our team is currently updating our databases and online portal as well as introducing a new reservation system.
Most importantly in these difficult times, we must stick together and support each other while remaining hopeful. Thailand’s travel and hospitality industry were established with strong and resilient people. With our combined strength, we can overcome this low and look onwards to a brighter tomorrow.