Health and Safety are Top Priority as Nine Thai Shopping Centres Are Awarded the Reputable SHA Certification
Nine of Thailand’s biggest department stores and shopping centres are the first to be awarded the Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration (SHA) certificates
As Bangkok readies itself to open its doors to visitors, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is focused on assuring travellers to visit the city safely and allow for a safe and clean destination which ensures the health and wellbeing of public in the city. To this end, TAT, who collaborates with a broad range of public and private sector partners has developed the Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration (SHA) project. On June 1, 2020, TAT announced the names of nine of Thailand’s biggest department stores and shopping centres who are the first to be awarded the Amazing Thailand SHA certificates.
These include Siam Centre, Siam Discovery, Siam Paragon and ICONSIAM—four complexes which are owned by the Siam Piwat group—as well as Mix Chatuchak, Mahboonkrong (MBK), Future Park, Emporium and CentralWorld. All of these shopping centres are located in Bangkok, except for Future Park, which is located in Pathum Thani province. Prior to receiving the SHA logo and certification, all of the department stores have been inspected thoroughly, to make sure they have followed a strict hygiene and health safety protocols. The SHA logo serves as a mark of quality certification of their service standards.
The establishments that are eligible to receive the SHA logo and certification have to fulfill several preconditions in the basic standards of hygiene, health and cleanliness for the entire premises, including its equipment, toilets, as well as operational staffs. The SHA certification itself is made for 10 types of business, which encompasses restaurants/food outlets, accommodation and convention centres, recreation and tourist attractions, tourist transport vehicles, travel agents/tour operators, health and beauty parlours, department stores and shopping centres, sports stadiums for tourism, theatres/cinemas, souvenir shops and other stores.
Partners who participate in the SHA project include the Ministry of Public Health, Ministry of Tourism and Sports, Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau, Board of Trade of Thailand, Federation of Thai Spa and Wellness Association, Thai Retailers Association, Thai Hotels Association, Association of Domestic Travel, Thai Amusement and Leisure Park Association, Thai Restaurant Association, Thai Spa Association, Thai Boats Association, and Event Management Association.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Health H.E. Mr. Anutin Charnverakul said the health safety certification will play a major role in facilitating the recovery of Thai tourism. He continued, “The government wants the Thai people to return to normal life and safeguard their livelihood while protecting them from a further spread of the virus through a broad range of preventive hygienic and health-control measures, as announced daily by the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).”
Deputy Governor for Tourism Products and Business of Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Ms. Thapanee Kiatphaibool said, “Thailand’s world-class shopping centres are vital components of our tourism infrastructure. They are designed not just for people to shop, but also enjoy a dining experience, watch all kinds of shows and performances, and take their children to play and have fun. I am delighted to see how quickly they have raised their health standards and received the SHA certification.” To view all the names of the SHA-certified establishments, as well as new updates and other essential information regarding this initiative, you can visit www.tourismthailand.org/thailandsha. For more information, please email to [email protected] and add the official LINE account @thailandsha.