- Title: Thai car show back on the road after pandemic postponements
- Date: 15th July 2020
- Summary: PEOPLE ENTERING EVENT (SOUNDBITE) (Thai) 50-YEAR-OLD POTENTIAL BUYER, SURIYA THANAKORN, SAYING: "Five or six of my family cars are Isuzu brand, so I'm thinking today I will probably stick with the same brand because it is easy for maintenance and resale." VARIOUS OF PEOPLE WEARING FACE MASKS WALKING (SOUNDBITE) (Thai) 50-YEAR-OLD POTENTIAL BUYER, SURIYA THANAKORN, SAYING: "I don't come to the event every year, but I think for the first day of the event and (during the) pandemic, there is a large number of people." NONTHABURI PROVINCE, THAILAND (JULY 14, 2020) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF PRESIDENT OF NISSAN MOTOR THAILAND LAUNCHING NEW MODEL (SOUNDBITE) (English) PRESIDENT OF NISSAN MOTOR THAILAND, RAMESH NARASIMHAN, SAYING: "I think this is the first motor show that we are having after the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, so it will be interesting to see. But from what we are seeing in the first day I think there is a lot of precautions that's been taken to ensure that the visitors have a very safe environment for the motor show that's happening. It's really important for us to keep that during for the entire show, but the first signs are very, very positive, so I'm pretty excited from that." RAMESH ON STAGE CAR PRESENTERS WEARING FACE SHIELDS VARIOUS OF EVENT OPENING CEREMONY SIGN READING (English): "41st BIMS BANGKOK INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW" (SOUNDBITE) (Thai) CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF EVENT ORGANIZER, PRACHIN EAMLUMNOW, SAYING: "This is the first motor show on this scale since the pandemic, with one million visitors recorded (last year). No country can arrange an event on this scale, so the other event organizers will be watching. We (Thailand) have succeeded in controlling COVID-19." PEOPLE WALKING CAR BRAND SIGNS
- Embargoed: 29th July 2020 12:11
- Keywords: COVID-19 Thailand auto autoshow cars coronavirus event health motorshow
- Location: NONTHABURI PROVINCE, THAILAND
- City: NONTHABURI PROVINCE, THAILAND
- Country: Thailand
- Topics: Commodities Markets,Economic Events
- Reuters ID: LVA003CMX4WUF
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Thailand on Wednesday (July 15) opened its twice-postponed annual auto show to the public in the country's first large-scale event since restrictions over the coronavirus eased, with nearly all attendees wearing masks and face shields.
Thermal scans were placed at the show's entrance and sales teams measured temperatures when people visited the ir booths.
Guests are also required to check-in and out with their mobile phones when entering and leaving, unlike in previous years when people could move around freely.
Thailand is a major regional car production hub with its previous motor shows booked over a million people in attendance.
"This is more than the motor show, but also Thailand's reputation because the other event organizers will be watching," said Prachin Eamlumnow, chief executive of head organizer of the event, Grand Prix International.
Thailand has gone nearly seven weeks with local transmission of the virus and has been easing restrictions to drive its economy.
The show features 25 brands including Nissan and BMW and 22 motorcycle manufacturers also displayed their products at stands with specific entry and exit points.
Motor shows around the world have been forced to cancel or delay due to restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic.
(Production: Artorn Pookasook, Prapan Chankaew, Jiraporn Kuhakan)
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