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Koh Samui is set for the resumption of international flights from Singapore on the 1st of August.

Under the Samui Plus program and expecting increased demand, Bangkok Airways is taking this first step for the direct overseas service.

The initial stage is three flights a week on Monday, Thursday and Sunday.

Meanwhile in the Phuket Sandbox, additional new routes in August will be flown by Cathay Pacific, Oman Air, Gulf Air and Thai Vietjet.

Singapore airlines is also ramping up daily flights to two a day.

It’s a great day to catch up on last week’s video sessions. Check out a replay of the special Business Insider Thailand Resort Property online event.  We also talk to a leading Thai developer on rewriting the map in Northwest Phuket, where a second resort-styled CBD is emerging and finally more on the ongoing Sandbox. Tune in now…

Inside Thailand Resort Real Estate Online Event

Creating An Integrated Phuket Resort Community

Good Morning Thailand – Sandbox Report Card

 

One of the positives of the pandemic is seeing spirited entrepreneurs recreate their business models. We are presenting a story form Phuket about how a furniture factory owner got out of the box and created an entirely new handcrafted business.

Made in Phuket. Surfskate with Island Boards

We also have a full video of last Thursday’s virtual Sandbox update with leading tourism experts and up to date reports from the ground:

Welcome Back Home – Phuket Sandbox Online Event

And last with the reopening of Koh Samui to international travelers, C9 Hotelworks latest:

Koh Samui Hotel Market Update

There is still time to sign up for for tomorrows, 15th July special one-hour Sandbox tourism and hotel virtual event. Everything you need to know about Thailand’s Phuket Sandbox – WELCOME BACK HOME. Organized by C9 Hotelworks, Delivering Asia Communications, Laguna Phuket, Creative Concept AV and leading speakers from the private and public sector.

This timely event is an opportunity to hear from industry experts who have been involved in the process and will updating progress and sharing key learnings . There will also be be an extensive question and answer session. The event will be particularly useful for those in the trade trade industry, media and tourism sectors given the Sandbox platform will likely emerge in other destinations.

Registration is free

Speakers

• Bhummikitti Ruktaengam, President, Phuket Tourist Association
• Siripakorn Cheawsamoot, Deputy Governor for International Marketing Europe Africa Middle East and Americas, Tourism Authority of Thailand
• Ravi Chandran, Managing Director, Laguna Phuket and Executive Vice President – Banyan Tree Group
• Kittiphong Sansomboon, Executive Director Customer, Brand & Marketing, Thai Airways International
• Bill Barnett, Managing Director, C9 Hotelworks
• Peter Weibel, Director of Sales & Marketing International Markets, JTB Thailand

Moderators

• David Johnson, CEO, Delivering Asia Communications
• Sumi Soorian, Business Development Director, Delivering Asia Communications

Register now

All eyes are on Bangkok today, and a potential 14-day lockdown has the tourism industry on edge. While the Sandbox has to date created nearly 3,000 new arrivals and demand is high, there are worries about the big picture issue.

Next week is the roll-out of the Samui Plus program and reopening of the destination to international travelers. We remain cautiously optimistic at the moment. Please enjoy our latest videos. Please enjoy our latest videos –

Overseas travelers will be able to visit Koh Samui from 15th July onwards

Watch this short video about the Samui Plus program to understand the program now:

Confused about Phuket’s new SHA Plus guidelines…

Get inside the story in this short video

And the latest episode of our Thai Road Trip series

On Thursday 15th July, everything you need to know about Thailand’s Phuket Sandbox will be covered in a special one hour virtual session – WELCOME BACK HOME – An Interactive Online Tourism Event. Organized by C9 Hotelworks, Delivering Asia Communications, Laguna Phuket, Creative Concept AV and leading speakers from the private and public sector.

Tourism eyes around the world are focused on the resort island of Phuket, Thailand.  In the last two weeks the reopening of international, vaccinated travel to the Phuket Sandbox has created a model for other resort destinations to restart their tourism economies. A key emerging storyline from the island’s frenzied runaway to 1st July has been the remarkable cross sector partnerships that has become a true catalyst of change.

This timely one-hour online event is an opportunity to hear from industry experts who have been involved in the process and will be sharing their learnings. The event will also have an extensive question and answer session. The event will be particularly useful for those in the travel trade industry, media and tourism sectors given the Sandbox platform will likely emerge in other destinations.

Register for free

Speakers

  • Bhummikitti Ruktaengam, President, Phuket Tourist Association
  • Siripakorn Cheawsamoot, Deputy Governor for International Marketing Europe Africa Middle East and Americas, Tourism Authority of Thailand
  • Ravi Chandran, Managing Director, Laguna Phuket and Executive Vice President – Banyan Tree Group
  • Kittiphong Sansomboon, Executive Director Customer, Brand & Marketing, Thai Airways International
  • Bill Barnett, Managing Director, C9 Hotelworks
  • Peter Weibel, Director of Sales & Marketing International Markets, JTB Thailand

Moderators

  • David Johnson, CEO, Delivering Asia Communications
  • Sumi Soorian, Business Development Director, Delivering Asia Communications

Welcome to our latest video episodes of Thailand Road Trip with C9 Hotelworks and Delivering Asia Communications and a dive into Bangkok from The Thaiger. Two days to the Sandbox and baby steps coming, but progress in the works.

A Look At Phuket’s First Hotel-Based Covid-19 Testing Center

Solar Power For Thailand’s Hotels, Villas and Home

Good Morning Thailand – Inside Bangkok’s Latest Restrictions

Tourism eyes around the world are focused on a resort island in Thailand next week for the reopening of international, vaccinated travel to the Phuket Sandbox. A key emerging storyline from the island’s frenzied runaway to 1st July has been the remarkable cross sector partnerships that has become a true catalyst of change.

Phuket’s private sector has massively rallied in the final days leading up to the Sandbox in support of its greatest asset, its people. The island’s rich cultural tapestry is the theme of the newly launched Welcome Back Home hospitality community collaboration.

One key working part of Thailand’s Sandbox scheme, has been to achieve the vaccination a baseline of over seventy percent of Phuket residents. With local government resources already stretched in fighting the Covid-19 crisis, hotels have thrown open their doors and embraced their neighborhoods in hosting vaccination centers to help achieve the numbers.

“The Sandbox has brought together various tourism organizations in a way our industry has never witnessed before,” said Laguna Phuket’s Managing Director Ravi Chandran who has experienced past events like SARS, the Asian tsunami, and the global financial crisis.

“The Sandbox has broken down barriers within our industry, and the hope displayed in the determination and spirit is teaching us a true-life lesson. Welcome Back Home is our tribute to acknowledging people first and supporting our local neighbours and not just relying on Instagram-ready photo libraries.”

On an island that showcases some of Asia’s best beaches and world-renowned resorts,  the campaign represents the true face of our tourism industry, its people. So, we took to the streets, had conversations, and engaged with our community which has remained resilient in the face of adversity, to actively be the face of this amazing change that is about to take place.

The campaign was shot by Delivering Asia Communications’ Thai photographer and videographer Thunwa Siripotisorut of over two days of traveling the length and breadth of the island visiting local villages, markets and fishing communities.

Sandbox champion and President of the Phuket Tourism Association, Bhummikitti Ruktaengam, expressed pride at how the efforts of local people had brought us to this historic point. “There will be bumps in the road but we will get there. We are working together as one, one island. The industry has never shared a vision and intent so passionately,” he said.

Welcome Back Home is a unique undertaking between the Laguna Phuket, Phuket Tourist Association, Delivering Asia Communications, and C9 Hotelworks. The social media focused campaign in the lead-up to the beginning of July is highlighted by the voice and images of Phuket people who have endured the pandemic and remain ready to welcome travelers back home in the coming weeks ahead. This is the true voice of Phuket tourism. #phuketsandbox

View the video now:

Good news in the lead up to the Sandbox, the alcohol ban in island restaurants has been lifted.

Alcohol can now be served in eateries until 23:00 daily.

Pubs and entertainment venues are still closed for the moment. Special events up to 200 people are allowed.

Expect more reforms on restrictions in the days leading up to the 1st July Sandbox opening.

For Phuket’s restaurants this is welcome relief to a battered industry which is a vital part of island tourism.