Amazing Thailand Certification Project
Thailand has launched a certification scheme to enhance tourism health and hygiene standards.
Thailand’s Tourism and Health Authorities have teamed up to launch a unique certification scheme aimed at preparing the Tourism Industry for the post-COVID19 recovery period while attempting to enhance confidence amongst international and domestic tourists.
Currently, Thailand has been able to control the spread of the disease due to the rapid action taken by the Royal Thai Government and the wholehearted support of the general public. The “New Normal” will see continued vigilance and public support as Thai people return to work. The Government will continue to ensure the safety of the public through a broad range of preventive hygienic and health-control measures, as announced daily by the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA). As such, through the combination of preventive measures and social and economic recovery measures, the Thai people will safely pass through these critical phases.
“The SHA project aims to make tourism a part of the overall national preventive measures and ensure that both Thai and foreign tourists have a positive experience and that they are happy and confident in the sanitation and safety of Thailand’s tourism products and services,” said Phiphat Ratchakitprakan, Minister of Tourism and Sports.
Dr. Panpimol Wipulakorn, Director-General of the Department of Health, Ministry of Public Health said, “The cooperation between the Ministry of Public Health and the Ministry of Tourism and Sports is designed to improve the ‘New Normal’ situation in three areas: Leisure Tourism, sports, and MICE. The Public Health measures will help to promote tourism by 1) reducing the risk of infection and transmission from travel, and 2) building confidence in Thailand travel because it impacts on all sectors of tourism.
“The Ministry of Public Health would like to request people travelling to various destinations to please strictly abide by the various preventive measures in order to facilitate a speedy return to normal travel. Even after the relaxation measures, we would like to request all travellers to abide by the prescribed guidelines in order to reduce the risk of infection.”
Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, said, “Ensuring high health and safety standards will be one of the key criteria for Thai tourism to establish its competitive advantage in the recovery period. The desire to travel will remain strong, but when it actually comes to the decision-making time, visitors will opt for those destinations where they feel confident about their personal safety.”
The Governor said that all applying establishments will undergo strict inspection and be assigned the SHA logo as a mark of quality certification of the service standards of that establishment. The logo will be issued by TAT and have a validity period of two years. All the names of the accredited establishments will be entered into a database. If any violations are reported, the logo will be revoked.