United Health & Safety
As the world has witnessed the complete halt of travel due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the DMC community in Thailand has been hard at work formulating and implementing standards that will solidify Thailand and its tourism facilitators as a destination that is safe for travel.
The Thailand Hygiene Plus Initiative (THPI) has been developed by a group of leading Destination Management Companies (DMCs), operating in Thailand’s tourism industry, to create a safe and healthy environment for travellers and to get the message out to potential travellers.
The standards cover six areas: Offices, Staff, Ground Teams, Meals, Vehicles and Transportation, and Sports Equipment and Facilities. The standards include – but are not limited to – those to be certified by the Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration (SHA) organised by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).
A checklist of operational requirements has been developed and agreed to be implemented by all the operators who have signed-up to the Thailand Hygiene Plus Initiative. These members include Abercrombie & Kent Thailand, Asia Exotica, Asian Trails, Black Rice Travel – A Member of LUXPERIA Collective, Destination Asia (Thailand), EXO Travel Thailand, Focus Asia, Go Vacation Thailand, Khiri Travel Thailand, Panorama Destination Thailand, Remote Lands, Smiling Albino, Tour East and Travel Exclusive Asia Thailand.
“Working together on this initiative with our DMC colleagues in Thailand ensures that all travellers to Thailand can feel comfortable and safe in the knowledge that our teams and suppliers are all working under unified Health and Safety requirements,” said Belinda Shillcock, Regional Managing Director for Abercrombie & Kent Southeast Asia who is based at Abercrombie & Kent’s Bangkok office.
“With Thailand as an example, we are looking to roll out similar initiatives across A&K’s other offices and destinations across Southeast Asia, including Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Indonesia,” she added.
The initiative will implement infection prevention measures to ensure that travellers have an enjoyable experience, knowing that they are in the best of care. Travellers will have greater confidence in Thailand as a safe and healthy travel destination.
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