Thailand starting to reopen to tourism
Thailand is moving to allow long-stay tourists to visit with a new visa scheme starting next month. Under a plan greenlighted by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, visitors can stay for 90 to 270 days in the country. The program aims to attract 1,200 tourists a month who wish to travel through Thailand or access its health facilities, and is projected to rake in 1.2 billion baht ($38.5 million) in revenue. The news caused hospitality stocks in Bangkok to jump in Tuesday trading. In other travel updates:
• Singapore is giving its adult citizens S$100 ($74) each in vouchers to spend at local hotels and tourism attractions from December.
• Vietnam has restarted flights to mainland China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan this week, followed by trips to Laos and Cambodia from next Tuesday.
• Some hotels in Manila's General Community Quarantine zone may soon be able to reopen for staycations, the government has said.
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