Dear Exhibitors and Visitors of TAPA 2020,
Following the incident of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation across the world resulting in rising concerns over travel to Thailand and participation of the 9th Thailand International Auto Parts & Accessories Show (TAPA) to be held during 2 – 5 April 2020, I wish to inform you of the most up-to-date situation with regard to Thailand’s handling of COVID-19 and TAPA’s response measures as follows:
1. Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP), as show organizer, has decided to run the 9 th ThailandInternationalAutoParts&AccessoriesShow(TAPA2020)asscheduledduring2-5April2020.
2. Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health has stepped up the alert code of COVID-19 to level 3: avoid travel to area affected. The screening of all passengers arriving from risk areas has been carried out at Thailand’s 5 international airports as well as at border areas and ports. The country has continued to strictly screen and closely conduct surveillance for the disease especially at local tourism hotspots. Kindly note that Thailand’s surveillance and screening measures in disease prevention and control were ranked No. 6 out of 195 countries for the world’s strongest health security by Johns Hopkins University’s 2019 Global Health Security Index. The ranking indicates that the country’s medical and public health systems are at international standards (Attachment). Furthermore, Thailand is working closely with the World Health Organization (WHO) and other countries to ensure any infections caused by COVID-19 are prevented and controlled.
3. To ensure exhibitors and visitors’ safety at the 9th Thailand International Auto Parts & Accessories Show, as the Fair Organizer, DITP together with BITEC Management Co., Ltd, the venue provider has issued the following Coronavirus prevention measures:
Spray disinfectant in common areas on a daily basis
Assigned extra cleaners to sanitize touch points in a corridors lifts and escalators
Provide hand free sanitizer at all key entrances and information counter
Cleaning and filter changing to our air-conditioning units
Open air ventilation before operating time on daily basis
Install thermal-scanners as well as use infrared thermometers at main entrances (EH 98 and EH 103) to identify potential virus-infected persons.
Set up Coronavirus precautions signs
Set up a Coronavirus screening medical unit
Well prepared and ready for delivery if people at risk and found
4. Besides the aforementioned measures, DITP has been discussing with Thailand’s Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health on the implementation of further preventive measures at the upcoming Thailand International Auto Parts & Accessories Show (TAPA). Updates on the matter will be disseminated to you in due course.
I wish to reassure you that, as the country’s trade promotion agency, our trade partners’ safety are our priority. Please feel free to contact DITP’s Thai Trade Center for more updates of the situation. Finally, allow me to extend my appreciation to you for your continued cooperation and confidence in Thailand. I look forward to welcoming you at the 9th Thailand International Auto Parts & Accessories Show.