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    Open Thailand Safely campaign: Tourism sector seeks to reopen country by 1 July

    The post Open Thailand Safely campaign: Tourism sector seeks to reopen country by 1 July appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Travel Daily. Several leading international tourism companies in Thailand have launched a campaign to reopen the country’s borders from 1 July 2021. The #OpenThailandSafely campaign was launched on 2 March with the support of over 15 major companies including YAANA Ventures, Minor Group, Asian Trails, Capella Hotels and Resorts, EXO and many others. The Open Thailand Safely campaign has laid out its arguments in a petition which will underpin a formal request to the Royal Thai Government to respond favourably to the rollout of Covid-19 vaccination programmes underway…

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    Slow vaccine rollout in Australia affect the country reopening

    The post Slow vaccine rollout in Australia affect the country reopening appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Travel Daily. As Europe and the U.S. suffered catastrophically high coronavirus infections and deaths, countries around the Pacific Rim like Australia staved off disaster. But now, we are lagging in vaccination. Australia, which closed all international borders in March last year and since has experienced snap lockdown for either 10 or just one case, all at the expenses of the economy and the mental wellbeing of the   Australians. The federal government rolled out the vaccination process in late February and according to the plan by now we were supposed to have reached…

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    The Maldives Is Launching the First Loyalty Program for a Country – Robb Report

    The Maldives has been one of the canniest luxury destinations in responding to the pandemic, pivoting to focus on private jet arrivals as it reopened; its already socially distanced resorts enacted stringent, but efficient, protocols—see Soneva, which bought its own PCR testing machine to conduct tests onsite on arrival. The next move is a world-first, which launched this month: the first-ever loyalty scheme for a country. This airline- and hotel-like system could prove pivotal for a country where tourism accounts for almost two-thirds of its GDP. Per a government spokesperson, the system will operate in three tiers, named in the local Maldivian language: Aida (bronze), Antara (silver) and Abaarana (gold)—make…

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    Foreigners Who Travel to Maldives Will Be Offered COVID-19 Vaccines, the Country Says

    Dreaming of getting your coronavirus vaccine with a side of stunning beach views? Government officials of the tourism-dependent Maldives have announced plans to offer coronavirus vaccines to international visitors as an incentive to reopen travel. The South Asian nation’s tourism minister said on CNBC this week that a new Maldivian tourism campaign, dubbed ‘3V,’ for ‘Visit, Vaccinate, Vacation,’ aims to make shots available for vacationers who travel to Maldives, once all local residents have been offered a vaccine.  “The main idea of tourism being open is to provide a reasonably safe tourism with minimum inconvenience,” Maldivian Tourism Minister Abdulla Mausoom said in an interview. “So once the country gets vaccinated,…

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    Can I visit the Maldives? Latest travel advice as the country remains red-listed

    While the Maldives is currently welcoming tourists, it remains on the UK’s red list. Britons returning from the Maldives must quarantine for 10 days in a Government approved hotel, at a cost of £1,750 per person. This won’t change at least until the next review, penciled in for June 28. Despite having vaccinated more than 70 per cent of its population, infections have been flaring across the island nation. While the case count remains high, it is at least falling. As of June 2, its seven-day case rate is 1,260 per 100,000; down nearly 40 per cent on the previous week. By comparison, the UK’s is at 35 per 100K. That said, its overall…