In the midst of the ongoing pandemic, Thailand has introduced a brand-new safety certification program for restaurants, hotels and travel agents. The certification will help inspect and identify whether businesses are following proper COVID-19 hygiene and quality controls or not. This new move is bound to reassure travellers about their safety.
The program was announced on Tuesday
The incredible Thailand Safety and Health Administration (SHA) Certification Program was announced on Tuesday by senior officials including Phiphat Ratchakitprakan, Minister of Tourism and Sports; Chote Trachu, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Tourism and Sports; Dr. Panpimol Wipulakorn, Director-General, Department of Health, Ministry of Public Health and Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand during the latest press meeting in Bangkok.
SHA eligible businesses include restaurants; hotels and accommodation providers; convention centers; recreation and tourist attractions; tourist transport vehicle providers; travel agents; tour operators; health spas and beauty parlors; department stores and shopping centers; sports stadiums for tourism; theaters and souvenir shops and other retailers.
Businesses are allowed to display SHA logos in order to attract tourists only when they follow essential hygiene and quality controls and go through a strict inspection. Certification will be provided for two years pending any violation.
“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,” said Supasorn, in a statement with Tuesday’s announcement.