Thailand data December rush of tourists, but Omicron clouds brewing

A few days in December as travellers maintain rolling into Thailand.
On the day earlier than Christmas, 11,533 passengers arrived in Thailand, the best daily number because the borders have been opened for totally vaccinated vacationers, with just one evening of quarantine, on November 1. 7,454 of those passengers arrived at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport.
Up to December 24, 217,one hundred and one travellers have arrived in Thailand. Some of them might be tourists heading to the country’s sizzling spots for a Thai Christmas, re-uniting with friends and family, or simply enjoying a tropical holiday (unless they’re heading north at this time of the year).
If the pattern for December continues, that may end in round 280,000 folks coming to Thailand this month. That’s a significant uptick from November (around one hundred thirty,000) however still solely eight % of the travellers that arrived in Thailand in the month of December 2019, earlier than the pandemic kicked off around the globe.
Still, given the global Omicron-induced travel dramas this week, Thailand’s December arrival spike is a welcome change for the country’s hospitality businesses who’ve been one of many hardest hit industries.
So where have the travellers been arriving from?

Mostly from Germany with 18,434 arrivals up to December 24 this month. Then the UK with 15,321, Russia with 9,667 and the US with 8,871.
Beyond the top four, contributors to Thailand’s December tourist mix…

5. Singapore eight,402

6. France eight,268

7. Sweden 7,737

eight. UAE 6,961

9. South Korea 5,593

10. Norway 5,059

But Omicron clouds are brewing because the December surge of vacationers will drop in January due to a spread of factors, not the least being the Thai Government’s choice to suspend functions for the Test & Go, and Sandbox, programs (except the Phuket Sandbox) until at least January 4. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs say they’re nonetheless honouring permitted applications earlier than 11.59pm on Tuesday December 21, as properly as functions made up to that date, which might be approved.
And absolutely vaccinated vacationers can nonetheless apply beneath the Phuket Sandbox for a quarantine free experience on the island for 7 days, then head off to anyplace they want to travel in Thailand.
The different big question mark for travellers at this time is flights. Are their flights still coming to Thailand as scheduled. In the past week tons of of airlines, all over the world, have been altering their schedules and cancelling flights.In the US each Delta and United Airlines announced they had been having to reduce schedules as a result of the Omicron variant had overwhelmed sufficient workers to have an effect on their operations. Over 4,500 flights have been cancelled or postponed as of yesterday, around the globe, based on Flighttracker.
So travellers must be checking the status of their flights continuously to maintain on high of the modifications.
And between at present and January 4, the next date of arrival procedures for Thailand, there could presumably be extra tweaks or modifications by Thai authorities, though the Omicron situation in Thailand has not dramatically surged like within the US, UK and components of Europe. Yet.
บริการติดตั้งโซล่าเซลล์ราคาถูก reported 2,532 new Covid infections and 22 deaths, with one other 962 suspected ATK infections awaiting confirmation.
Meanwhile, an Omicron Covid cluster in Kalasin, in mid north-east Thailand, aded another sixty four infections yesterday.
A physician at the Siriraj Piyamaharajkarun Hospital in Kalasin say that up to 50% of all new circumstances in January “could be of the new Covid-19 variant”.
The latest cluster has once more been linked to employees and prospects of a bar and restaurant which an contaminated married couple visited on December 12..

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