Top businessmen on 120 day reopening plan: Vax 70% with quality vaccine and stop flip-flopping

Jul 01, 2021 | 

Top businessmen in Thailand have told the government to stop their flip-flopping. 

They have said that Prayuth Chan-o-cha’s government needs to get 70% of the population vaccinated with quality vaccines.

And they should have clearly articulated policies and communication. 

Thaivisa notes that one of the starkest criticisms of the government has been the chopping and changing on policy and reaction. People on our forums have said that one minute the government says one thing, the next it changes because someone else chips in with a new viewpoint.

This has left many potential tourists none the wiser about what is going on within Thailand with many reticent to confirm travel plans. 

Some have seen this kindly as the direct result of changes in a fast moving and volatile situation that the pandemic represents. Critics have seen it as ineptitude. 

Now Thailand’s CEO’s have spoken out in an FTI survey conducted that asked their opinions on the PM’s plan to reopen Thailand to foreign tourists within 120 days. 

More than 80% broadly agreed with the reopening plan with caveats about following changes to the situation as required. 

Just 9.5% of the 201 CEO’s surveyed said not to reopen to foreign tourists. 

2.5% told Prayuth to get the job done faster. 

Commenting on the main issues connected to the reopening 93% cited the need for quality vaccine so that 70% of the population could be jabbed. 

74.6% called for clear policies and communication with the public.

Asked “How” the country should reopen 59.2% said that when provinces are ready to open they should be allowed to do so.

34.8% said it should only be in tourism provinces.

6% thought the whole country should be opened up in one go. 

Thai media Manager interpreted the results of the survey that asked CEO’s from dozens of different industries nationwide.