Phuket expects $1.8 billion increase after 4-day vacation

Phuket expects $1.8 billion increase after 4-day vacation

Hotel occupancy is expected to rise to 60% from the current average of around 45%, according to TAT

The walking street in Phuket’s Muang district is popular among Thais and foreign tourists. (Photo: Achadthaya Chuenniran)

PHUKET: The four-day vacation that began on Friday is expected to generate 1.8 billion baht in revenue from tourism spending in the island province, with 60% hotel occupancy expected, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) .

About 70,000 hotel rooms, or 70% of the total on the island, are now available for booking and the average room occupancy rate is 44.5%, said Nanthasiri Ronnasiri, director of the TAT office of Phuket.

She predicted that the occupancy rate would increase to 60% during the long weekend which runs until Monday, replacing Visakha Bucha Day, which falls on Sunday. Friday, the day of the royal plowing ceremony, was a public holiday for government employees but not for the private sector.

The average stay during long holidays should be 2.5 nights per person, Ms Nanthasiri said.

Seven airlines now serve Phuket with an average of 100 inbound flights and 15,000 arrivals per day. Twenty-seven international flights carry an average of 4,000 passengers per day.

Tourist arrivals are expected to generate around 1.83 billion baht over the holiday weekend, Ms Nanthasiri said.

Southern Thailand, with its beautiful natural resources and numerous tourist attractions, is especially popular among local tourists between March and May every year, which is the summer season in Thailand. However, the Covid-19 outbreak has hit businesses hard over the past two years, she said.

Now that the government has eased many Covid restrictions, the tourism industry and other businesses in the South are coming back to life, she added.

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