Indians are urging the Thai government to add India to the list of low risk countries for Thailand’s reopening on November 1. The Bangkok Post reports that the Indian community in Thailand has emphasized how much it can contribute to the economy. The call comes as Thailand prepares to reopen with a minimum quarantine for vaccinated visitors from 46 approved countries. While countries like the UK – which are currently experiencing an increase in Covid-19 infections – have come a long way, India has not.
According to the Bangkok Post, Satish Sehgal of the Indo-Thai Businessmen’s Association is concerned that the exclusion of Indians may send them to other vacation destinations and that it is the loss of Thailand.
“Bharata Indians are one of the top five spenders contributing to tourism in Thailand and around the world. They come to Thailand for recreation, planning wedding ceremonies, and business. They have contributed to Thailand’s economy for a long time.
Sehgal points to the huge, lavish weddings that wealthy Indians have already had in Thailand, in which hundreds of guests are invited to the kingdom and then spend the money on food and shopping.
“The average expense for the wedding party among Indian hosts is millions of baht per person. These expenses, especially during this holiday season when the government aims to increase national income, will help resuscitate hotels and resorts after long sleeps. In addition, after the wedding, the guests travel and spend a lot on food and goods. If they don’t adjust the measure, Indians will change their wedding destination.
The Bangkok Post reports that according to a recent poll of 7,500 Indians interested in Thailand, 60% say they will come right away, while the rest will come about 2 months after the November reopens.
Meanwhile, in an interview last month, Indian Ambassador to Thailand Suchitra Durai acknowledged the exclusion of India from the list, adding that she was in contact with the Thai Foreign Ministry about this. topic. According to Durai, India has administered more than a billion doses of the vaccine to its citizens, about 40% of whom are now fully vaccinated.
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THE SOURCE: Bangkok Post