Two more direct flights from China are pending permission to fly to the resort island province, Mr Thanet noted.
Another three are due to begin operating from Jan 24, bringing to eight the number of direct flights between China and Phuket, he said.
Phuket is equipped to contain the spread of the COVID-19 should any new waves break out, Mr Thanet assured, adding that tourism businesses in many countries were eager to welcome back Chinese visitors.
Hospitality workers who come into close contact with tourists are advised to wear a face mask and adopt social distancing measures, he said.
Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul expressed confidence the ministry’s U-turn on new COVID-19 restrictions for international arrivals would not confuse tourists, said the report.
The ministry recently said proof of double vaccination would be required for entry but then cancelled this after a backlash from tourism business associations, spearheaded by the Phuket Tourist Association itself, reporting thousands of cancellations amid confusion among major tour and travel companies in England, Germany, France and Scandinavia and Russia.
Bangkok’s night entertainment venues are expected to benefit from the return of Chinese tourists in large numbers in the third and fourth quarters, the Bangkok Post report noted.