Rayong’s battered tourist industry will be getting extra government support after a bureaucratic blunders allowed a coronavirus-infected Egyptian airman to wander through a shopping mall, scaring away visitors.
Business leaders in the eastern province were apoplectic after 80 percent of all hotel booking were canceled across the province and on remote Koh Samet, despite the fact the Egyptian only ventured four blocks from his D’Varee Diva Central hotel for four hours. Common sense could not win over panicked Thai tourists.
Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman for the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said Friday that government organizations would hold seminars in Rayong, public officials would be encouraged to visit the province, and Thai League football matches and concerts would be organized there to once again jump start tourism that had only started to show signs of life after four months of lockdown.
Foreign film crews also would be invited to visit Rayong and accommodated in a “villa quarantine” manner, Taweesin said.
“Money will be spent there and the local economy can be stimulated,” he added.
People were discouraged from visiting Rayong after an Egyptian military delegation that stopped over in the province dodged quarantine and one of them tested positive for Covid-19.
Rounds of Covid-19 testing on thousands of Rayong residents who were nowhere near the Egyptians, of course, found no infections. Another 1,247 Rayong negative results from the pointless tests were disclosed Friday.