Industry Update
Press Release14 June 2021

Laguna Phuket Heralds Unprecedented Industry Collaboration To Confirm Key Details Of Phuket’s International Re-Opening On July 1

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Phuket Hotels Association

Leading figures from the private and public sectors gathered at Angsana Laguna Phuket on June 12 to re-confirm the re-opening of Phuket to international visitors on July 1 and to detail requirements and updates regarding vaccinations, length of stay, PCR testing and SHA Plus certification.

Key announcements were that the July 1 date is firmly going ahead and that the herd immunity of over 70% has already been achieved with a total of 71% of the population of Phuket vaccinated. The issue of length of stay was clarified. Tourism executives stressed that stays of any length were allowed.

The domestic market can visit and leave as it wishes providing they are vaccinated or arrive with a negative COVID-19 test certificate. Likewise, international travellers may travel to Phuket for any duration of time, as long as Phuket remains the single arrival and departure point. If vaccinated international travelers want to travel to other parts of Thailand, they may do so only after staying in Phuket for 14 days. During this time there would be a PCR test on arrival and two further tests.

“We are on. This is the clear message and it has not changed. The Phuket industry has never shared a vision and intent so passionately. July 1 is happening and we are nearly there,” said Bhummikitti Ruktaengam, President of the Phuket Tourism Association in his opening remarks.

Over 300 hotels and other tourism related companies gathered in the ballroom of Angsana Laguna Phuket to receive the SHA Plus certification from the Governor of Phuket, Narong Woonciew which is required by all Phuket hospitality and travel suppliers to handle international and domestic guests.

These included all seven hotels located in Laguna Phuket, Angsana Laguna Phuket, Angsana Villas Resort Phuket, Banyan Tree Phuket, Cassia Phuket, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket, Laguna Holiday Club Phuket Resort and SAii Laguna Phuket. The fully-integrated 1,000-acre tropical parkland destination, situated along a 3km stretch of pristine Bangtao Beach, also houses the Laguna Golf Phuket and the Bangkok Phuket Hospital Clinic which will operate an onsite PCR-test centre for all international visitors during their stay.

“Laguna Phuket is like a mini-eco system with hospitality, dining, leisure and medical all within our grounds,” said Ravi Chandran, Managing Director of Laguna Phuket. “We agree the approach has to be cautious as we need to get this right. I can certainly say that we are ready, we are safe, we are SHA Plus certified and we are looking forward to welcoming domestic and international guests from July 1.”

“The industry cooperation has been unprecedented and has been instrumental in getting us to this point. It is truly great to see,” added Mr. Chandran. Laguna Phuket has supported the community by providing use of their 1,500 sqm Angsana Convention and Exhibition Space (ACES) as a Vaccination Centre.

Phuket Governor, Narong Woonciew, was also effusive in his praise for the industry as he said Phuket, and Thailand, needed to now progress to the next step. “Phuket will succeed and Thailand will move forward. We are ready. The togetherness and kindness we have shown needs to continue. This is our nature, this is our culture. This is the new Phuket.”

About Phuket Hotels Association

The Phuket Hotels Association is a nonprofit organization comprising a broad spectrum of hotels. Our goal is to promote a well-rounded, dynamic picture of Phuket to travelers from around the world by celebrating the diversity of Phuket's natural resources and vibrant culture, while at the same time providing educational scholarships, environmental initiatives and other community-based activities to help nuture and develop Phuket's standing as one of the world's most sought-after destinations.

Phuket Hotels Association members are as follows:

Absolute Twin Sands Resort, Amanpuri, Amari Phuket, Amatara Resort & Wellness, Anantara Layan Phuket Resort, Anantara Maikhao Phuket Villas, Anantara Vacation Club Maikhao Phuket, Andara Resort & Villas, Angsana Laguna Phuket, Angsana Villas Resort Phuket, Banyan Tree Phuket, Burasari Resort Phuket, Cape Sienna Hotels & Villas, Centara Grand Beach Resort, Club Med Phuket, COMO Point Yamu, Dewa Nai Yang, Dream Phuket Hotel & Spa, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket, Grand Mercure Phuket Patong, Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa, Holiday Inn Maikhao, Holiday Inn Resort Phuket Patong, Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort, Impiana Resort Patong, InterContinental Phuket Resort, JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa, Kata Rocks, Keemala, Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort, Maikhao Dream Villa Resort & Spa, Manathai Surin Phuket, Millennium Resort Patong Phuket, Movenpick Resort Bangtao Beach Phuket, Novotel Phuket Kamala Beach, Novotel Phuket Phokeethra, Novotel Phuket Surin Beach Resort, Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort, Paresa Resort, Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa Merlin Beach, Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa Nai Yang Beach, Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon Beach, Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach Resort, Ramada Plaza Chaofa, Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa, Rosewood Phuket, SALA Phuket Resort & Spa, Serenity Resort and Residences, Splash Beach Resort, Swissotel Resort Phuket Patong Beach, Thanyapura Sports Hotel, The Bell Pool Villa Resort, The Boathouse Phuket, The Clover Hotel Patong, The Nai Harn Phuket, The Naka Island, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, The Nature Phuket, The Pavilions Phuket, The Slate, The Surin, The Village Coconut Island, The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa Phuket, Trisara, Twinpalms MontAzure, Twinpalms Phuket, U Zenmaya Phuket, Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay, Wyndham Sea Pearl Resort Phuket.
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