Phuket got flooded by huge tourists’ arrival for this Chinese New Year event. Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) valued the island revenue will reach over the festival period to the peak of eight-billion-baht from both domestic and foreign markets. The occupancy rates were reaching 90 percent in three and four-stars hotels.
Incoming reports also coming from Koh Samui while many Chinese tourists reserved their holiday package of New Year in Phuket and Samui said Prakit Chinamournphong, president of Thai Hotels Association. “This has helped boost occupancy rates for the three and four-star hotels during the month to an average of 85 to 90 per cent.” The raising occupancy during the period delivered by Duangduan Vichit, reservation officer at Phuket Merlin Hotel. “Currently, the Phuket Merlin is fully booked, with around 80 per cent of the guests being Chinese holiday makers. There is also a significant number of domestic tourists who stay in Phuket Town, but not as many as foreign tourists,” she said.
Ms Duangduan added if Phuket Town being one of tourist attraction for Chinese tourists who loved to stay there during the New Year festival supported by its cultural warmth which makes good atmosphere during the festival. Phuket Town is also home of many major Chinese shrines which attract Chinese tourists and locals. During the festival, around 130,000 Chinese tourists were expected to visit Thailand to generate 3.5 billion baht from only Chinese inbound tourists said Sarasern Gnowrangsi, deputy head of TAT Asia Pacific Region. He added if there were 120 flights land at Thai airports during this month. From the number, 80 of them will land at Phuket International Airport besides the regular flights operate between China and Thailand.
News by Phuket Gazette