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    Thailand’s COVID-19 task force says tourism-dependent areas will be ‘high priority’ for vaccination

    The post Thailand’s COVID-19 task force says tourism-dependent areas will be ‘high priority’ for vaccination appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Travel Daily. The Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has said that tourism-dependent areas like Phuket and Pattaya will be top priority for the upcoming vaccination process. The COVID-19 task force has addressed the concerns of tourism stakeholders after plans of Phuket and Pattaya to purchase vaccines privately to inoculate their whole hospitality industry floated. Meanwhile, Phuket and Koh Samui hope to vaccinate their local residents in order to safely welcome vaccinated travellers. Last week, Thailand has announced its vaccination plan, which will be carried out in two…

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    Tourism-dependent Maldives steps up economic diversification effort

    NurPhoto | NurPhoto | Getty Images Dotted with island resorts and endowed with white sandy beaches and turquoise seas, the Maldives has always billed itself as a top tourist destination. But the coronavirus pandemic brought the global travel and tourism industry to a grinding halt last year, forcing the island-nation to step up economic diversification efforts by expanding other sectors. Tourism accounts for over 28% of gross domestic product in the small archipelago and brings in about 60% of foreign exchange receipts, according to the Michigan State University. “As an economy heavily dependent on international tourism, the restrictions on global travel and other protective measures against the Covid-19 pandemic have…