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Phuket officials, tourism leaders talk up Sandbox success

Phuket officials, tourism leaders talk up Sandbox success

PHUKET: Phuket officials and local tourism leaders have announced that the current rate of arrivals and bookings under the Phuket Sandbox scheme is on track to achieve the expected goal of the tourism re-opening.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Friday 16 July 2021, 04:37PM

The announcement came at a special press conference held at the offices of Phuket City Development Co Ltd yesterday (July 15).

Present for the occasion were Phuket Vice Governor Piyapong Choowong, Phuket Public Health Office (PPHO) Chief Dr Kusak Kukiattikoon, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Phuket Office Director Nanthasiri Ronnasiri, Phuket Tourist Association President Bhummikitti Ruktaengam, and Pracha Asawathira, the Digital Economy Promotion Agency (Depa) Chief for Southern Thailand.

“Since the opening of Phuket Sandbox on July 1, a total of 5,473 tourists have come to the island, and we expect to reach up to 18,900 within this month. Before this the TAT expected to have only about 13,000 arrivals [in the first month],” said TAT Phuket Chief Ms Nanthasiri.

“So the performance and number of tourists are following our predictions,” she added.

Ms Nanthasiri noted that the first month of the Phuket Sandbox will generate about B190 million for the Phuket economy.

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“We estimate that the average expenditure to be about B40,000 per day per person,” she said.

“Additionally, we have received bookings for SHA+ hotels for 190,000 room nights for the three months July to September,” she noted.

Mr Pracha, as the DEPA chief for Southern Thailand, explained that his office was developing an English-language version of the MorChana app that will function throughout the three provinces of Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi.

The special English-language version of the app is hoped to launch in time to welcome vaccinated foreign tourists on Aug 1, Mr Pracha said.

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timhouston | 19 July 2021 - 02:43:15

"B40,000 per day per person"
I had te read it 3 times to believe my eyes!

Kurt | 18 July 2021 - 13:18:08

@xcell, Of course the sandbox is a enriching play field, making Phuket Officials happy. If the public just could get a finger behind how much it cost hotels to become certified Q-hotel, or get a SHA certificate, much of that 'happiness' get explained.

Kurt | 17 July 2021 - 11:01:54

Fantasy of a leading Phuket TAT staff member is saying something about their continues 'figures play field'. The negative side effect is that this fantasy amount of 40,000 per day spending feed/confirm the thinking of many Thai that foreigners are rich. Such thinking can give peace of mind while financially cheating, scamming, 'dual pricing', etc. the foreigners.

phkt-2016 | 17 July 2021 - 10:55:36

Babysteps but no doubt that there are significant more people around in Patong.

xcell | 17 July 2021 - 10:54:23

we believe this sandbox is a playground for the industry only

Fascinated | 17 July 2021 - 10:28:21

ematt keep drinking the TAT Koolaid- do you REALLY believe what comes out of their mouths.? Mr Ed I see you allowed someone else's' 'smoking' comment but not mine. Any particular reason for the censorship?

ematt | 17 July 2021 - 09:42:10

And there you have it! The usual effusive and ebullient embrace of positive news by the posters in the PN Comments section. Such a cheery, positive, happy crowd!

JohnC | 17 July 2021 - 08:41:13

Please give me some of whatever these "Phuket officials" are smoking because it must be dynamite to cause these delusions. Success LOL

JSombra | 17 July 2021 - 03:51:21

Since when is less than 1% of normal considered 'success'? Do these people even know what normal amount of tourists here is?...probably not if they think average spend is 40k per day

Don't you ever get tired of regurgitating their nonsense without comment?

Kurt | 17 July 2021 - 00:19:54

TAT employees much of the time are carried way by their fantasy. They should refrain from 'figures work', not ridicule themselves.

Dave_C | 16 July 2021 - 22:13:53

The absolutely saddest part of this story is that the Phuket Citizens have been absolutely been screwed over by Thai military officialdom but are too intimidated to provide real insight into what will work to help them. Corruption at the highest level descending on them. Thai people are nice and they do nor deserve these idiots destroying them.

Fascinated | 16 July 2021 - 19:26:18

Pass me some of what they are smoking! Delusional isn't even the beginning. A large number of those counted as 'tourists' (even if these numbers are true) are NOT tourists.

Madeinswiss | 16 July 2021 - 18:50:51

It' a real success,  TAT speaking about 100'000 tourists on 3 monts and now about 4000 arrivals ( i not say tourists) in 15 days... It will do bout 8000 max per monts x 3 months ( and september dont think so much with rain) = max 24'000 entry... And now Thailand is out of white list in europe... 

Dick | 16 July 2021 - 18:00:19

Haha...40k baht per day per person - must have assumed every visitor stuck with covid and get hospitalized!!!

Christy Sweet | 16 July 2021 - 17:35:51

The Chang ads on umbrellas  are unsightly and tacky as it gets. I thought it was illegal to have lounge chairs and umbrellas on the beaches? Or was that just a changing of the corruption recipients when the present govt was installed  and swept the long existing vendors off the beaches?  

Grasshopper | 16 July 2021 - 17:13:18

"Ms Nanthasiri noted that the first month of the Phuket Sandbox will generate about B190 million for the Phuket economy.

“We estimate that the average expenditure to be about B40,000 per day per person,” she said."   Somebody is severely deluded.   I doubt that average expenditure per visitor will exceed much more than 4,000 baht/day.

Svcoquette | 16 July 2021 - 17:06:59

"B40,000 per day per person", I guess she is trying to discourage foreigners from coming to expensive Phuket.


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