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Thai tourism reopening hits roadblock due to slow vaccine rollout

October or November? Government sends mixed messages on resuming travel to Bangkok

The southern Thai resort island of Phuket welcomed 29,654 vaccinated travelers with no quarantine over a period of 10 weeks after reopening on July 1.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- The pace of Thailand's tourism reopening will slacken as the government reworks its plans due to the country's slow vaccine rollout.

The delay will allow Southeast Asia's second-largest economy to better prepare for welcoming tourists, but will also reduce the tourism industry's opportunities to secure fast cash.

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