A GROUP of destination management companies in Thailand have joined forces in an initiative to assure travel organisers of a healthy and save environment for their inbound groups.
The Thailand Hygiene Plus Initiative (THPI) has been developed by a 13-strong group of leading DMCs as the kingdom works its way through the easing of restrictions brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic and prepares for a restart of tourism.
The standards cover six areas: offices, staff, ground teams, meals, vehicles and transportation, sports equipment and facilities. The standards supplement the Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration protocols.
DMCs that have signed up to the Thailand Hygiene Plus Initiative so far are:
- Abercrombie & Kent Thailand;
- Asia Exotica;
- Asian Trails;
- Black Rice Travel – a Member of LUXPERIA Collective;
- Destination Asia (Thailand);
- EXO Travel Thailand;
- Go Vacation Thailand,;
- Khiri Travel Thailand;
- Panorama Destination Thailand;
- Remote Lands;
- Smiling Albino;
- Tour East, and
- Travel Exclusive Asia Thailand.
Daniel Fraser, founder and director of Smiling Albino said: “When Covid hit the industry our collective focus was on the swift and safe return of travel. The implementation a of united standard for future travel, formed through the collaboration of our peers, was natural.
“Collectively changing for the better, to create a safe and healthy travel experience for each DMC’s travellers shows that we are in this together and stronger as one,” Fraser said.
Khiri Travel CEO Herman Hoven said: “With the Thailand Hygiene Plus initiative, responsible DMCs in Thailand are giving international tour operators tangible proof and meaningful assurances that we are taking extensive and proactive hygiene measures in order to restore confidence while travelling.”
The initiative will implement infection prevention measures to ensure that travellers have an enjoyable experience, knowing that they are in the best of care.