Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew says the island is gearing up for a long-awaited, and hopefully busy, high season and preparing to keep tourists safe during their visit. According to a Phuket Express report, Narong says the island is ready for what tourism officials hope will be a busy high season, free of the Covid restrictions of the previous 2 years.
“Every year, from October on is high season in Phuket in which many tourists are going to visit Phuket, especially the outer islands. Of course, for the past two years we didn’t truly have a high season due to various Covid-19 business and border restrictions. However, this year, for the first time since 2019 we are ready to truly embrace tourists without stiff restrictions and Covid measures.”
“A focus on marine safety in particular will extend beyond Phuket, to the neighbouring provinces of Phang Nga, Krabi and Trang.”
“We are highly focused on marine safety, not only in Phuket but also Phang Nga, Krabi, and Trang, as tourists who visited Phuket are usually visiting these nearby provinces too. Relevant officials have to ensure tourists safety so that tourists will have more confidence to enjoy their vacation in Phuket.”
Tourism operators on Phuket are optimistic about the upcoming high season after 2 years of stagnation or, in the case of some businesses, total decimation and closure. However, the report points out that the ongoing war in Ukraine, coupled with China’s adherence to a zero-Covid policy, mean we’re likely to see a noticeable reduction in tourists from Russia and China, previously Phuket’s top tourism markets.
SOURCE: The Phuket Express