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Thailand introduces yacht quarantine for tourists

  • Published at 03:20 pm March 9th, 2021
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File photo: Yachts are seen at the deserted Dubai Marina on May 5, 2020 AFP

The tourism authority previously had announced a scheme to allow visitors to spend their quarantine on a golf course

The government of Thailand has announced that tourists visiting the country can spend the 2 weeks of mandatory quarantine on a yacht.

The government is hoping that the new initiative will bring $58 million in yacht tourism revenue, BBC reported.

The initiative is aimed at reviving the country’s struggling tourism industry, which was hit hard by the pandemic.

The tourism authority of Thailand previously had announced a scheme to allow visitors to spend their quarantine on a golf course.

Announced on Monday, the yacht quarantine program will allow visitors with a negative coronavirus test to spend their time on board a yacht or small cruise ship in Phuket.

The pandemic saw the number of tourists on the popular tourist destination plummet from 40,000-50,000 a day to just hundreds.

The program has already begun accepting yachters for a trial run, and around 100 yachts are expected to take part once it gets off the ground.

Travellers are required to wear a smart wristband that monitors vital signs including temperature and blood pressure, as well as tracking the wearer's location via GPS. The device can transmit information even at sea, within a 10km radius.

The government is expected to announce other initiatives in the coming months for tourists to quarantine in popular tourist areas, including beach resorts.

Having banned foreign tourists in March last year, Thailand has been gradually reopening its borders since October.

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