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Foreign arrivals average 3,000 in April, surpass January-February level

Foreign arrivals average 3,000 in April, surpass January-February level

PHUKET: The number of international arrivals landing in Phuket stabilised at around 3,000 daily after heating two months-long highs of 4,004 and 3,961 on Apr 9 and Apr 10 respectively. Yet, there is a long way to go to the full recovery.

By Anton Makhrov

Saturday 16 April 2022, 04:52PM

According to the most recent Phuket Reopening Daily Report issued by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Phuket welcomed 42,375 foreign tourists during Apr 1-14 giving the daily average of 3,026 arrivals.

To put it into perspective, total arrivals in March stood at 72,205 giving an average of 2,329 arrivals per day, while arrivals in January and February combined totaled 166,466 giving the daily average of 2,821.

Overall, since Jan 1 the island welcomed 281,046 air passengers from abroad compared to 184,030 from July 1 (start of Phuket Sandbox scheme) to Dec 31 last year.

Yet the number of arrivals is still much lower than what Phuket used to enjoy before the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Airports of Thailand (AoT) report for 2019, Phuket International Airport throughout that year accommodated 10,66 million international passengers in 12 months giving an average monthly load of 883,333 passengers per day inclusive of both arrivals and departures, high season and low season.

More encouraging news may follow next Friday (Apr 22) when the Ministry of Tourism and Sports Minister and the TAT should put forward their proposal for the cancellation of Thailand Pass and Test & Go requirements at a meeting of the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).


If approved, the changes are expected to take effect on May 1, meaning tourists would be able to enter the country using vaccine passports instead of having to wait 3-5 days for their documents to be approved, as required by Thailand Pass, reports the Bangkok Post.

Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn said this Wednesday (Apr 13) the ministry estimates at least 10mn tourist arrivals and B1-1.5 trillion in tourism income this year.

A short-term push is also expected from the long Songkran holidays. AoT expects about 1 million passengers, both domestic and international, to pass through its six airports during the week-long festive period. This is a surge of 103% from 12 months ago.

The 843,220 domestic passengers will represent a hike of 62% and the 238,800 international passengers a whopping 1,798% increase on the same period last year.

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Kakka2 | 17 April 2022 - 14:11:24

TAT and twisted numbers, we should have at least 1M International arrival a month, right now is way to little to even be positive... scrab the test & go and let see if the damage is recoverable... Thailand as always is the last of the country to reopen and now trailing far behind Bali, Vietnam, Cambodia etc... the usual fiasco and TAT same like PHA are totally useless in this matter 

JohnC | 17 April 2022 - 08:50:19

The TAT magic marker pen comes out again with figures hard to justify. Of course Songkran and easter holidays have been taken in to consideration and the fact that it is only halfway through the month.

maverick | 17 April 2022 - 06:28:04

Missed another boat - having screwed up Easter they will now miss out on Eid, when many expats in the Mid East will be looking for destinations in Asia for the long holiday - instead of Phuket, they will go to PH, VN, Cambodia and Maldives very poor. 


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