Tourist flow to the Thai island of Phuket began to decline
At the beginning of last month, the “Phuket Sandbox” began to operate. According to statistics from the Ministry of Tourism of Thailand, 14,000 foreigners visited Phuket in one month. This is reported by The Bangkok Post.
It would seem that there is reason for joy. Indeed, in mid-July, experts predicted about ten thousand foreign guests. But the island's hoteliers sounded the alarm. For the autumn months, the dynamics of bookings leaves much to be desired. Demand has decreased due to uncertainty.
Minor Hotels, which has four hotels on the island, said that the occupancy of their facilities last month did not exceed 35%. As for the current month, bookings have decreased by 15-20%. And in September these figures do not exceed 10% at all.
S Hotels & amp; Resorts. The occupancy rate at SAii Laguna Phuket last month did not exceed 40%. There is also a decrease in demand for August-September.
September is considered the low season in Phuket. But hoteliers believe tourist interest has declined due to the surge in the incidence of coronavirus in Thailand.
According to statistics from the University of J. Hopkins, on August 5, Thailand recorded a little less than 21 thousand new cases of COVID infection. The incidence curve began to climb up in June. Earlier, the Thai authorities have attempted to limit the entry of foreign tourists to the country as much as possible. Today the situation has changed dramatically – tourists themselves are afraid to come here.
We add that within the framework of the project, vaccinated international tourists can visit Phuket without the need for quarantine … Entry is allowed only from countries of the “yellow” and “green” lists. The Kingdom included the Russian Federation as such, but the country did not approve “Sputnik V” and other Russian vaccines. Air traffic between Russia and Thailand has not resumed either. Independent Russian tourists can visit the Kingdom. However, upon arrival in the country, mandatory quarantine awaits them in one of the special hotels.
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