‘Pantry of Sharing’: community pantries help Thais in need during COVID-19

A group of volunteers recently launched a ‘Pantry of Sharing’ initiative, where they share non-perishable food items and basic hygiene supplies, including feminine hygiene products, toothpaste, and toilet paper, to others who are in need during the outbreak. The concept is based on a simple idea that those who can afford to give do so while those in need are encouraged to stop by and take what they need.

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Travel startup Triip rewards homebound travellers

Vietnamese sustainable travel company Triip has launched a new global Stay Home Heroes initiative that allows homebound travellers to earn points by staying at home which can then be used for future travels.

With a third of the global population on lockdown, the rewards programme supports broader government-led initiatives calling on citizens to stay at home and practise social distancing to protect public health.

From April 1, Triiip will reward users who use the startup’s Stay Home Heroes app feature to check in at their homes with a photo uploaded.

Payment will be made daily to homebound users with unique travel points, called TIIM. Users who check in at home will be offered 1 TIIM per day, which can then be used to redeem for later travels.

While sheltered, users can also earn TIIM by sharing Triip with their friends via a unique, personalised link; submitting photos of their past travels to the platform; and sharing their future travel plans within the app.

Triip said that it is making available 15 million points through the end of the lockdown orders to each of its users to incentivise them to stay home.


The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), in collaboration with the public and private sector partners, is introducing an “Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration: SHA” certification aimed at elevating the country’s tourism industry standards and developing confidence among international and domestic tourists.

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COVID Relief Bangkok founded by Sati Foundation and Urban Studies Lab

Established five days ago on March 23 by Sati Foundation, Scholars of Sustenance (SOS) and Urban Studies Lab, Covid Relief Bangkok is a public Facebook group for coordinating relief efforts to the most vulnerable in the city. Using demographics data, the alliance of non-profits and urban development experts are working to transparently identify communities most in need, based on age, income and pre-existing conditions.

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COVID-19 Related Travel Restrictions a Global Review for Tourism

The overall purpose of this interim report is to provide information on the implementation of travel restrictions by governments as one of the means to address the global health crisis of COVID-19. It shall help to better understand the overall process, from the issuing of travel restrictions and their evolution over time to their date of lifting, including references to the different categories of applied restrictions among other details.

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