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Southeast Asia tourism begins to recover

Tourists visit the famous Maya Bay in Krabi province (Thailand). Photo: Reuters

Tourism industry in Thailand There were many positive signals when some more entry restrictions continued to be lifted on May 1. “Land of the Golden Temple” has welcomed more than 700,000 international visitors since the beginning of the year, of which more than 50% are tourists.

Thailand is hoping to attract at least 1 million tourists a month by the end of 2022 – when the next peak tourism period begins in the country. This target of 1 million tourists per month is equivalent to about 30% of Thailand’s average monthly visitors before the COVID-19 epidemic appeared.

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Passengers at Singapore’s Changi International Airport. Photo: Reuters

In Singapore, the number of international flights to this island nation has also increased after the restrictions were lifted. Bookings for flights to Singapore have increased by 68% since before the pandemic broke out. This number is also significantly higher than the previous week’s figure of 55%.

In March, Singapore’s Changi Airport welcomed 1.14 million passengers to check in – this is the first time this number has surpassed 1 million since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the context of the COVID-19 epidemic being gradually brought under control, Indonesia In March, it reopened the visa-on-arrival program for visitors from 23 countries, including Australia, the US, Japan and Germany.

On April 5, the country also issued entry visas to visitors from 43 countries. The “Land of Wan Islands” aims to attract 1.8-3.6 million foreign tourists this year, while “tourism is estimated to contribute between $470 million and $1.7 billion in reserves.” Forex”.

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