A group of leading destination management companies in Thailand have come together to establish uniform health and safety standards with the launch of the Thailand Hygiene Plus Initiative.
With the aim of creating a safe and healthy environment for travellers and getting the message out to tour operators and travel agents, a checklist of operational requirements has been developed and an agreement to implement them were reached by all DMCs which have signed up for the Thailand Hygiene Plus Initiative.
The THPI standards cover six areas, namely offices, staff, ground teams, meals, vehicles and transportation, sports equipment and facilities. The standards also incorporate the Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration scheme launched by the Tourism Authority of Thailand.
DMC members which have signed up for the THPI include 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.
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.”
For example, ground teams will welcome clients with a traditional wai greeting to maintain physical distancing, while guides and drivers will don masks or face shields with gloves.
The initiative will implement infection prevention measures to ensure that travellers have an enjoyable experience and drive greater confidence in Thailand as a safe and healthy travel destination, according the DMCs.
Daniel Fraser, founder and director of Smiling Albino, added: "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."