TAT Chief In Phuket Clarifies Low Tourism Rumor
Ms. Kanokkittika of the Public Relations Department’s Phuket office released a statement regarding rumours that the island is suffering because of the low tourism. She admitted that the number of arrivals from mainland China has decreased by 2.63 per cent in comparison to the same period in 2017. This is not a cause for concern though because while Chinese arrivals are falling, other source markets are compensating with a rise of 3.63 per cent in tourists arrivals from other countries. There are those who hire Phuket private boat while others are staying in resorts within the island.
According to her, she does not agree with the assessment that the number of arrivals in Phuket dropped because it is only true for the number of Chinese arrivals based on the figures provided by the Phuket Immigration. Looking at the record, the number of tourists that are Chinese nationals reached 130,221. These are arrivals record from the Phuket International Airport between the December 1 and 15.
Compared to last year, the number has decreased by 3,516 Chinese tourists but it does not mean that there is a huge decrease in tourist number in general. Looking at the records of other nationalities, 355,429 tourists came to Phuket which shows an increase of 3.63 per cent compared t the same period of the previous year.
Ms. Kanokkittika said that in terms of group tours that are booking hotel rooms in Phuket, there has been a decrease of 5 per cent mainly because of cancellations. The same goes for the number of tourists that is signing up for tour boats in the island which boards from the Rassada Pier. These tour boats are touring the islands of PhangNga Bay as well as Phi Phi Island.
She added that we their record proves that the number of free, solo travellers is far greater compared to group travellers. Considering all nationalities, the rate of hotel occupancy is at 71.77 per cent which saw an increase of 0.1 per cent compared to the same period in 2017. Still, the island is top choice because of Phuket private boat which can be rented for a different holiday itinerary.