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Phuket labour shortage easing

PHUKET: The critical labour shortage in Phuket, especially in the hotels and hospitality sector, is easing, with only about 3,000-4,000 positions vacant remaining to be filled, Kongsak Khoopongsakorn of the Phuket Chamber of Commerce has revealed.

By The Phuket News

Tuesday 7 February 2023, 03:06PM

Kongsak Khoopongsakorn of the Phuket Chamber of Commerce. Photo: PR Phuket

Kongsak Khoopongsakorn of the Phuket Chamber of Commerce. Photo: PR Phuket

At the end of last year up to tens of thousands job vacancies needed to be filled to help Phuket’s tourism and hospitality sector recover, Mr Kongsak said.

Hotels are reopening rooms to accommodate more Chinese tourists, Mr Kongsak noted.

“At present, about 80% of the 3,000 hotels across the island are open, representing approximately 120,000 rooms, but there are about 30,000 rooms that have not been reopened for service,” he said.

With the return of Chinese tourists, Phuket’s tourism industry is expected to perform well until after April this year, Mr Kongsak added.

Phuket Provincial Industry Office President Charin Thumrong Kiatikul believes that the news about high service charges among hotels and other tourism businesses succeeded in attracting hospitality workers to return to the island.

“After the overwhelming number of tourists poured into Phuket during the peak season, hospitality jobs rose sharply,” he told The Phuket News.

Mr Charin believes Phuket’s tourism prospects will remain good even after April, when most Europeans that visit Phuket during high season return home ‒ and not just because of more Chinese travellers visiting the island.

“Phuket is also encouraging tourists from new tourism source markets such as India, the Middle East, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia and Laos,” he said.

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JohnC | 09 February 2023 - 08:54:51

@prab. Very lame attempt at sarcastic humour. Caught gambling in a shop does not mean they worked there. And what good would only 14 people help in staff shotrages of 3000-4000?

Prab | 08 February 2023 - 22:15:43

cannabis shop seems to have plenty labor... maybe they can send some to work in hotels part


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