China to open consulate in Phuket
Published: 7 May 2014 at 10.40
Writer: Achadtaya Chuenniran
China will open a consulate in Phuket to provide services for the growing number of Chinese tourists visiting there, Wang Huijian, Chinese deputy consul-general to Thailand, said.
Ms Wang met Phuket governor Maitree Inthusut on Tuesday to discuss the location of the consulate in Phuket.
Ms Wang, who is also the Chinese consul in Phuket, said the consulate was necessary because 10.7 million Chinese people travelled to Thailand last year and as many as 1 million of them visited Phuket.
She expected the number of Chinese visitors to Phuket to double this year.
Ms Wang said the Chinese consul in Phuket would protect the interests of Chinese tourists and also contact and protect Chinese expatriates there.
Mr Maitree said Phuket authorities took good care of Chinese tourists. He said at Phuket airport there were Chinese-language signs to communicate with Chinese visitors.
Besides, Phuket was a sister city to many cities of China and they were exchanging students for bilateral studies of culture and traditions, he added.