Thailand Launches New Program to Ensure Visitor Safety, Confidence

Thailand Safety and Health Administration | May 26, 2020

Thailand has taken a key step in welcoming back travelers amid the COVID-19 pandemic, launching a new safety certification program that will identify businesses, including restaurants, hotels and travel agents, that meet all appropriate COVID-19 hygiene and quality controls upon inspection.
The Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration (SHA) Certification Program was announced by a handful of the country's top officials on Tuesday, including Phiphat Ratchakitprakan, Minister of Tourism and Sports; Chote Trachu, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Tourism and Sports; Dr. Panpimol Wipulakorn, Director-General, Department of Health, Ministry of Public Health and Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand during a recent press conference in Bangkok.

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Although the travel & hospitality industry has been an early adopter of technological innovations, the changing business environment &customer preferences are giving rise to challenges that call for a new strategy-one that not only leverages emerging technologies but also simultaneously renews existing systems & process.

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Although the travel & hospitality industry has been an early adopter of technological innovations, the changing business environment &customer preferences are giving rise to challenges that call for a new strategy-one that not only leverages emerging technologies but also simultaneously renews existing systems & process.

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