As the world has seen the complete halt of travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the DMC community in Thailand has been hard at work formulating and implementing standards that will solidify Thailand and its tourism facilitators as a destination that is safe for travel.
The Thailand Hygiene Plus Initiative (THPI) has been developed by a group of leading Destination Management Companies (DMCs), operating in Thailand’s tourism industry, to create a safe and healthy environment for travelers, with the aim to get the message out to potential travelers.
The standards cover six areas: Offices, Staff, Ground Teams, Meals, Vehicles and Transportation, and Sports Equipment and Facilities. The standards include but are not limited to those to be certified by the “Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration” (SHA).
A checklist of operational requirements has been developed and agreed to be implemented by all the operators who have signed-up to the Thailand Hygiene Plus Initiative. These members include Destination Asia (Thailand), Abercrombie & Kent Thailand, Asia Exotica, Asian Trails, Black Rice Travel – A Member of LUXPERIA Collective, EXO Travel Thailand, Focus Asia, Go Vacation Thailand, Khiri Travel Thailand, Panorama Destination Thailand, Remote Lands, Smiling Albino, Tour East and Travel Exclusive Asia Thailand.
We believe the implementation of a united standard, formed through the collaboration of all DMCs, will create a safer experience for each one of our travelers. It also presents a collective front of all service providers at a time when visitors are looking for reassurance.
The initiative will implement infection prevention measures to ensure that travelers have an enjoyable experience, knowing that they are in the best of care whilst instilling greater confidence in Thailand as a safe and healthy travel destination.