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Government expects 2mn foreign tourists to visit Phuket this year

Government expects 2mn foreign tourists to visit Phuket this year

PHUKET: The government expects about 2 million foreign tourists to visit Phuket this year after the island reopens to vaccinated visitors from July 1, reports state news agency NNT.

By National News Bureau of Thailand

Tuesday 30 March 2021, 05:24PM

Photo: NNT

Photo: NNT

Tourism Council of Thailand Vice President Vichit Prakobgosol said the holidaymakers may generate about B105 billion in revenue in the second half of 2021, said the report.

It will be the first time in more than a year that the island allows visitors without the mandatory two-week quarantine, the report noted.

Mr Vichit said the Chinese, who were the biggest group of tourists to Thailand before the pandemic, are expected to return in July on chartered flights.

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Visitors from Europe will likely start arriving during the northern hemisphere winter months, he added.

“It’s good that the majority of countries with high numbers of vaccinations are the main markets for Thai tourism,” Mr Vichit said, adding that the government should finalise agreements and vaccine passports with various countries to allow visitors to return without having to quarantine.


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skip | 03 April 2021 - 02:23:55

the government needs to repair the hole in their pocket as it is blatantly obvious they are fondling themselves. please remove thy digit from thy chocolate factory. to be that naive to think the press reading public could possibly entertain such as number is beyond comprehension. 

Foot | 31 March 2021 - 16:11:17

Phuket's shops, restaurants, and attractions are closed. Why would people pay full price to come and not be able to do much? The Thai people are wonderful, but, it's really sad to see them misled by so many.

Sir Burr | 31 March 2021 - 10:13:00

Yet, another number just plucked from where the sun don't shine. They know this will be forgotten, or superseded by another ridiculous number announced by someone else. 

Kurt | 31 March 2021 - 08:46:50

Seems mr Vichit is a very local thinking man. He really doesn't know what is going on in Europe, Covid-10 virus wise? Full ICU's in hospitals, virus variants, job losses, life with many lock downs, etc. Europe has other matters to think of than a Thailand holiday.

goldwing | 31 March 2021 - 05:57:45

My European friends say they will not visit anywhere they may come into contact with Chinese, and who can blame them, who knows what other diseases they may be carrying 


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