Retail, hotels applaud return to normalcy

Retail, hotels applaud return to normalcy

Operators of malls and hotels hail the government's plan to fully reopen to foreign visitors in 120 days, but some remain concerned the scheme may result in a spike of coronavirus infections that could eventually derail the country's economic recovery.

Voralak Tulaphorn, The Mall Group's chief marketing officer, said the company supports the strong gesture to return the economy to a sense of normalcy, including welcoming foreign tourists.

"Reopening the country in October is suitable because it is the high season for shopping," she said. "Reopening is important, but it is essential the government commit to vaccinating 100% of the population because this will improve consumer confidence and overall sentiment."

Ms Voralak said the government's clear timeline enables companies to develop a business direction.

"Communication is important and the government should provide a concrete plan on how to move forward, updating it every step of the way," she said.

William Heinecke, chairman of Minor International, said he applauds the premier's reopening declaration.

"I believe he is charting a realistic and prudent course that has the full backing of both the business community and everyday workers, who have suffered long enough," he said. "I beseech all national, provincial and local officials to recognise the importance of this target and work diligently to make this reopening happen safely. I have full faith our country's leaders and medical resources can work cooperatively to safeguard public health, while simultaneously resuscitating our devastated economy."

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