Tourists on an almost deserted Patong Beach in Phuket on July 19. Under the “Phuket sandbox” scheme, vaccinated tourists are allowed to travel to the resort island without needing to quarantine. Photo: Bloomberg Tourists on an almost deserted Patong Beach in Phuket on July 19. Under the “Phuket sandbox” scheme, vaccinated tourists are allowed to travel to the resort island without needing to quarantine. Photo: Bloomberg
Tourists on an almost deserted Patong Beach in Phuket on July 19. Under the “Phuket sandbox” scheme, vaccinated tourists are allowed to travel to the resort island without needing to quarantine. Photo: Bloomberg
Nicholas Spiro
Opinion

Opinion

The View by Nicholas Spiro

Thailand’s ‘Phuket Sandbox’ scheme is a ray of hope for Asia’s tourism industry

  • The pilot scheme sends an important signal for the rest of Thailand and other resort markets
  • When Asia’s zero-tolerance policy is proving unworkable, the sandbox scheme recognises that a new approach is needed towards an increasingly endemic virus

Tourists on an almost deserted Patong Beach in Phuket on July 19. Under the “Phuket sandbox” scheme, vaccinated tourists are allowed to travel to the resort island without needing to quarantine. Photo: Bloomberg Tourists on an almost deserted Patong Beach in Phuket on July 19. Under the “Phuket sandbox” scheme, vaccinated tourists are allowed to travel to the resort island without needing to quarantine. Photo: Bloomberg
Tourists on an almost deserted Patong Beach in Phuket on July 19. Under the “Phuket sandbox” scheme, vaccinated tourists are allowed to travel to the resort island without needing to quarantine. Photo: Bloomberg
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