A welcome sight off the coast of Patong Beach.
The first cruise ship to visit Phuket since the Covid-19 pandemic has arrived in Patong Bay. Officials from the Phuket office of the Tourism Authority of Thailand were on hand yesterday to welcome passengers disembarking from the Spectrum of the Sea cruise liner.
Provincial governor Narong Woonciew led the welcoming committee, accompanied by Phuket TAT director, Natasiri Ronnasiri, who described the ship to the Phuket Express.
“The Spectrum of the Sea has 18 levels with 2,137 rooms, restaurants, an amusement park, pools, fitness, entertainment services, and more. There are 4,594 tourists on the cruise liner from 55 nations. Most of them are from Singapore, Malaysia, India, the Philippines, and Indonesia.”
In 2019, prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, Phuket welcomed a total of 154 cruise ships, with a total of 485,598 passengers. Yesterday, 800 passengers spent the day visiting Patong and Phuket, with Natasiri welcoming the boost this will have given the local economy.
“Eight hundred of them visited Patong and Phuket for a one-day trip. This is good for Phuket tourism as all of them are high-spending tourists.”
SOURCE: The Phuket Express | TAT Phuket