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Phuket tourism industry told to ‘ready for beach holiday tourists’

Phuket tourism industry told to ‘ready for beach holiday tourists’

PHUKET: Operators in Phuket’s tourism industry have been urged to prepare to receive the first international tourists in months in August as the Ministry of Tourism & Sports pursues its strategy of restarting the country’s economy, Phuket Chamber of Commerce President Thanusak Phungdet told The Phuket News today (July 1).

By Tanyaluk Sakoot

Wednesday 1 July 2020, 07:08PM

Mr Thanusak along with Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew were in Bangkok on Monday to attend a meeting led by Minister of Tourism and Sports Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, after which Minister Phiphat announced the new “beach tourists campaign", Mr Thanusak explained.

Also joining the meeting were Vachira Phuket Hospital Director Dr Chalermpong Sukontapol and business representatives from the island, he added.

“Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat told us that we must be ready to host beach holidays. Phuket is one of five island destinations in Thailand chosen to launch the campaign,” Mr Thanusak explained.

“Thailand will open for foreign tourists to come to the country in August,” he added.

“This is earlier than the previous plans, which would not restart  inbound tourism until September or October,” he noted.

Mr Phipat understood the importance of tourism for Phuket, Mr Thanusak assured. 

“By Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Phuket relies on tourism for revenues than any other industry,” he said.

However, Mr Thanusak remains reserved about his expectations for tourism to restart as early as next month, and maintains that domestic tourism will return first.

“I expect that people will only start coming to Phuket when the government starts distributing its subsidised travel scheme,” he said.

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The push for Phuket to prepare for international tourists comes as the ban on all inbound international commercial passenger flights expired at midnight last night, with six groups of foreigners allowed to enter Thailand as of today (July 1).


However,  Phuket International Airport General Manager Thanee Chuangchoo told The Phuket News that so far there has been no expression of interest from airlines resuming international flights to Phuket.

“Zero airlines have booked slots for international flights to land in Phuket,” he said.

“I think they will come later, and this all depends on the central government’s decisions,” he added. 

Mr Thanusak and Governor Narong also presented the proposal to build a public-private medical tourism facility at the far northern tip of the island.

The proposal was also presented to Deputy Prime Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, who also serves as the Public Health Minister, at a separate meeting.

“Both Mr Anutin and Mr Phiphat liked the idea and accepted the proposal for further consideration.” Mr Thanusak said.

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ericphuket | 03 July 2020 - 08:55:32

This is again sussing people with totaly nonsense. How long will people accept this?
The neighboring countries are already laughing and preparing to take the tourists away from Thailand without any action. A soldier even in a nice suit still stay a soldier.
Flightban lifted for International flights but regular flights still not allowed  how they want to restore confidence to foreign travelers?

JSombra | 02 July 2020 - 12:58:34

Yet today TAT put out infographic that bubble countries have to be 60 days without cases and the limit is 1000 arrivals for whole country. So who are they exactly telling to get ready and for who? At max capacity 5-6 hotels could handle the whole lot, they are talking about less than 1% of normal numbers

Kurt | 02 July 2020 - 10:20:48

International Airlines ( not being THAI) analyse for what to start flying to Phuket? For that six groups of foreigners, very small numbers, that are allowed to come in? That are no tourists. Another thing is lack of trust. Remember, last month: "Phuket airport reopens !' Next day: 'Oh, we keep Phuket airport closed'. With all this nonsense you not make yourself international trust...

Heinz | 02 July 2020 - 10:20:39

... and no one will come to the beach vacation with a mask!

Kurt | 02 July 2020 - 10:04:35

Phuket Officialdom for years has regimental downgraded the beaches. Gone are the cafetarias, restaurants, many chairs/umbrellas. No smoking, no drinking, face mask, ( ridiculous large fines compared with 'real crime' fines). No neat shower/toilet facilities. Going Phuket? For what? Night life/soapy massages? BKK and Pattaya are better for that.

ThorFinger | 01 July 2020 - 19:51:56

No airlines have booked slots because they don't believe a word that is said. There's a good chance that when there are 2 & 3rd outbreaks of covid19 (which there will be, because we haven't defeated the virus, we've just hidden from it) there will be a kneejerk reaction to lockdown again, as there appears to be zero forward planning. This will be the time Phuket goes bankrupt.


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