Thailand launches new tourism portal to make visiting the Land of Smiles easier

The Ministry of Tourism has launched a new online portal which it hopes will make it easier for the 8-15 million tourists currently expected to visit Thailand next year. According to a Bangkok Post report, the website, called Entrance Thailand, was allocated a budget of 49.6 million baht for its first phase.

The portal lists information and documents travelers need to provide before arrival, as well as links to third-party Covid-19 insurance providers and SHA+ accredited hotels. It also provides a link to the Thailand Pass registration site and the Mor Chana contact tracing app. In addition, there is information on arrival procedures, tax refund requests and how to contact the tourist police.

Tourism Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn said the portal is part of his ministry’s e-services roadmap planned for 2022-2024, aimed at helping tourists navigate Thailand’s complex entry requirements to the aftermath of Covid-19.

“The pile of paperwork and several organizations that tourists have to deal with are inconvenient. The ministry wants this platform to help them reduce their difficulties when planning trips to Thailand.

The Bangkok Post reports that Phiphat is optimistic about the reopening of borders with Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar, adding that this is expected to deliver tourist numbers of between 8 and 15 million next year. The minister predicts that these figures should generate revenues of between 1.3 and 1.8 trillion baht for the Thai economy.

Phiphat adds that all is going well, Thailand can expect 20 million tourists in 2023, which means the country needs to put in place a system that can cope with such an increase in demand. He believes the Entry Thailand portal will help bring together all the required information in one central repository, including information on tourist attractions, getting around and where to eat.

The minister said Phase 2 of the project will encourage other state agencies to include their services on the portal and there is a possibility that start-ups will use Entry Thailand to offer their products and services to visitors.

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THE SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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