Phuket hotels upbeat over short-term outlook
PHUKET: The political situation in Bangkok is having no effect on Phuket’s tourism, according to Dr Kritsada Tansakun, President of Thai Hotel Association, Southern Chapter.
‘The political uncertainty is far from here: Dr Kritsada.
“At the moment,” he said on Monday (April 14) after meeting with Governor Maitri Inthusut, there are no factors negatively affecting Phuket, because the political uncertainty is taking place in the centre of the country, which is a long way from here.
“We are lucky we have many direct flights from many cities to Phuket which makes it possible for us to receive tourists all year round [without them coming via Bangkok],” he added.
He predicted that the beginning of the low season, from next week until mid-May, would see steady business. Mainly this would be in the three- and four-star segment, which would attract 60-70 per cent of visitors.
“Five-stars, however, will see a 50-per-cent drop,” he predicted, compared with the high season figures.
“This year tourism is still good. There’s not been much in the way of negative factors interfering with tourism. The number of bookings is still good compared with last year and [forward bookings] have not dropped much for the period after Songkran.”
Dr Kritsada said he saw promotion as key to continuing success, noting that Phuket roadshows will be going to Beijing and Shanghai at the end of April and to Sapporo and Hokkaido in June.
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