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A Phuket tourism economy expert says Phuket’s income per capita could soon fall below the provincial poverty line if something isn’t done to increase revenue. Assistant Professor Chayanon Phucharoen, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism, Prince of Songkla University Phuket campus, says the news is based off a report by the university.

In it, the report concluded that the forecasted “tourism revenue per capita” from tourists in the coming 6 months averaged about 3,711 baht per month, even with the multiplier effect – the amount the same money generates as income for other people as it passes through the economy. However, the 2019 poverty line of Phuket stands at an income of just 3,068 baht per month.

“After the first lockdown was lifted there were about 2,000-3,000 people [domestic tourists] coming to Phuket each day, and that increased to 5,000-7,000 per day from September through November.We used those numbers to simulate the scenario after this latest lockdown was lifted [following the Samut Sakhon outbreak].”

“We found that the direct tourism income per registered capita in Phuket even in the best case scenario was about 1,963 baht, which resulted in total tourism income per registered capita of 3,711 baht [presuming that all of the direct income circulated within the province only].”

“However, if the number of tourists coming within the next 6 months is lower than the number after the first lockdown was lifted, this will be a difficult situation.”

“Through a simple fact check with statistics from the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, before the pandemic Phuket generated about 440 billion baht for the country each year, but only generated 108.46 billion baht last year.”

“This is an inevitable fact: that Phuket’s economy is a purely tourism-led growth economy, so we have low flexibility for this economic shock.”

Chayanon also says that the impact on Phuket spread beyond the island’s borders.

“Everything has a chain effect. This disruption in tourism revenue does not stop in Phuket, it spreads out to other provinces. From our statistics, we found that every 100 baht spent in Phuket contributes about 189 baht to the national economy.”

“We have to promote our unique features to attract people to come, especially the beaches, which are almost indigenous as when Phuket firstly appeared on the tourism map 30 years ago. Through natural rehabilitation over a year, we will become one of the impressive destinations among Thai tourists.”

“We cannot stay still, we have to find a way to reopen and welcome foreign tourists. While finding a way to do this, we need to provide good services to domestic tourists in order to keep our businesses operating. Not only to save our province, but the whole country. If those tourism business operators cannot survive this storm, some competitiveness features [e.g authentic sightseeing, neighborhood nightlife] of Phuket tourism might be at risk.”

“A good lesson learned from this pandemic is that we have to think of collective interest rather than self-interest. For example, if I am sick, I have to call off going to the party, as I can become a creator of a new cluster. If I still go to the party, it will affect my friends and the whole provincial economy.”

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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56 Comments

56 Comments

  1. Gosport

    Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 4:34 pm

    They are in desperate for free money. Where is the money they ripped off.

  2. Brian

    Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 4:55 pm

    Klaus Schwab will be pleased. Impoverishing people is what they are deliberately abusing COVID to accomplish. But don’t take my word for it — watch anything about the Great Reset from the WEF.

    • Sam C

      Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 8:52 pm

      Hey Brian can you tell me where I can get a nice Tin Foil Hat like that big one you’re wearing

      • Brian

        Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 8:49 am

        You seem not just intellectually dishonest, but also profoundly lazy. If you speak to me again, please at least be able to counter something in what I said with facts or reasoning. Thanks.

  3. Bill

    Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 5:16 pm

    yawn.

  4. Issan John

    Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 6:08 pm

    The previous report from the BP, repeated here, that the Prince of Songkla Uni survey indicated that average income in Phuket had fallen to 1,963 baht per month (less than 65 baht per day, which was obviously impossible) now falls into place – not “average income” at all, but “tourism revenue per capita” which has to be about the most meaningless and useless statistic I’ve ever seen.

    Talk about “lies, damned lies and statistics” 😮

    If it’s true that “Phuket’s economy is a purely tourism-led growth economy” and that “Through a simple fact check with statistics from the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, before the pandemic Phuket generated about 440 billion baht for the country each year, but only generated 108.46 billion baht last year” and that “the direct tourism income per registered capita in Phuket even in the best case scenario was about 1,963 baht,” then since “440 billion baht” in other years is some four times last year’s “108.46 billion baht” that means that even in previous years the “tourism revenue per capita” was only 260 baht per day. Meaningless BS.

    Why not just cut to the chase and say what everyone already knows and an increasing number of people are saying?

    That unless Thailand sorts out it’s vaccination roll out pronto, it’s stuffed.

    • Toby Andrews

      Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 7:06 pm

      Yes Thais couldn’t organise a party in a brewery. Right John?

      • Issan John

        Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 7:13 pm

        Like most nationalities I’ve come across, Toby, some could and some couldn’t.

        • Nipral

          Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 7:42 am

          how many nationalities do you come across to in Issan ?

          • Issan John

            Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 10:24 am

            Sufficient.

          • Geoff

            Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 4:29 pm

            Don’t encourage him.

    • EdwardV

      Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 8:19 pm

      So that leads credence to those calling for some level of priority to vaccinating tourism employees early?

      • Issan John

        Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 1:15 am

        Not in my view, FWIW, if you’re asking me.

        • Nipral

          Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 7:41 am

          none is asking you anything !

        • EdwardV

          Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 10:42 am

          So the loss of over 75% of Phuket’s revenue isn’t reason enough to even consider targeted distribution? Im not saying Thailand should, ethically I’m against it. However I certainly understand the call for it and wouldn’t hold it against Thailand if they did so.

          • Issan John

            Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 4:57 pm

            No, Ed V, I’m not suggesting it’s not worth considering, but that having considered it it’s not only ethically wrong but not realistically possible.

  5. Dirk

    Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 8:22 pm

    The Thai government is dedicating at least 3 billion USD (90 BILLION BAHT) to put a Thai astronaut on Mars by 2027.

    Putting a Thai astronaut in Mars is much more important than helping the millions of Thai citizens, many starving, who have been doubly affected by covid.

    I vote to send these same politicians and government officials on the first test rocket launch.

    Don’t harm or put monkeys for testing. Send the politicians with the Thai people calling in their vote to see which lucky politicians- astronauts gets on the first test launch.

    • Issan John

      Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 1:25 am

      I don’t know if you’re being serious or just looking for a reaction and a bite, but someone reading this may believe this rather weird fantasy.

      • Nipral

        Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 7:43 am

        similar to your prose I say !!!!

      • Dirk

        Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 9:47 am

        Mr John, you say everybody lie if you are not aware of the facts.
        My statement is true that the Thai Government planning to land on Mars later this decade.
        Here is the link in The Thaiger.

        Never once in your thousands of posts do you ever admit you are wrong about anything, because doing so would make the man in your mirror cry and melt to oblivion.

        https://thethaiger.com/news/national/ministers-insistence-thailands-moon-mission-will-go-ahead-sparks-social-media-debate

        • Issan John

          Monday, February 15, 2021 at 1:18 pm

          Dirk, I think a visit to Specsavers or Top Charoen is overdue 😮 .

      • Dirk

        Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 1:14 pm

        Mr John
        My statements true about Thai Government allocating 90 billion baht (3 billion usd) for landing spacecraft on Mars by 2027…

        Easily verifiable previous The Thaiger news story about 1-2 months ago.

        Why when you are not aware of something do you always switch to calling other people liars and crudely criticizing them.

        You have probably posted literally thousands of times, and not once, I am sure, have you ever admitted you were wrong.

        You should run for junta government office with your qualifications.

        By, the way… Happy Valentine’s Day Sweetheart ??

        • Issan John

          Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 5:25 pm

          No, Mr Dirk, it’s completely UNtrue.

          The plan you refer to wasn’t “to put a Thai astronaut on Mars by 2027” but was to send an unmanned spacecraft to orbit the Moon.

          Rather different.

          It wasn’t to be at a cost of “90 billion baht” but “only 3 billion baht”.

          Again, rather different.

          … and it wasn’t to be from funds “allocated” by “the government” but to be funded privately, from undisclosed sources.

          … guess what? Rather different.

          I wouldn’t suggest that means you’re a “liar” since it’s probably not deliberate, just delusional. 😮

        • Issan John

          Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 5:33 pm

          … and FWIW I have no problem admitting when I’m wrong and have done so here, more than once, either when someone points it out or when I realise I’m mistaken.

          When I don’t it’s because … well … I’m not. That doesn’t seem unreasonable 🙂

          • Toby Andrews

            Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 5:46 pm

            How many times John? I am asking just out of academic interest you understand.

          • Issan John

            Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 7:00 pm

            No idea, Toby. The last time I recall was over social security / social welfare entitlement, a few days ago.

            Hope that helps 🙂

    • Steve

      Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 12:05 pm

      Dont forget the government have asked the nation each person to donate 500 Baht toward this important ventue!

  6. Jim kelly

    Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 10:37 pm

    WAIT A MOMENT….let me go to the refrigerator and get some ‘sympathy’. Awwww, how sad… we’re out of ‘sympathy’! Have to wait until the next trip to Makro at the end of the month to buy some I guess! Sorry people of ‘fukket!’ Covid and the Junta government have ‘shafted’ you. Its never a great idea to drop the soap in the shower! SUFFER WELL.

    • dispensed

      Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 9:43 am

      lol! Indeed.

      This is what Asians wanted apparently… to keep out the big scary virus (which they likely have widespread resistance to anyway)

      What ever happened to traditional Buddhist beliefs like reincarnation and death being a part of life? All replaced with milksops suckling at their smartphones apparently.

  7. Toby Andrews

    Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 11:34 pm

    There are 600 Thais lining up free free food in this news report.
    I want 2000!
    There are nine national parks in Phuket charging tourists B200.
    Anyone think the Thais are paying that?
    And that is just the start. All entertainment costs more for a foreigner.
    Only a month ago an expat reported he was charged a lot more in Phuket restaurant because he was a foreigner.
    It is in 2price Thailand.
    Starve you Phuckers starve.

    • Bill

      Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 11:39 pm

      Why you hating the Thais so much Toby? Foreigners will always be target for overcharging and rip offs, not just Thailand. Should try Mexico 🙂

      • Issan John

        Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 10:18 am

        If you were a bitchy old queen and enjoying a party at a friend’s house then they threw you out, so you went next door where you can still see the party over the fence but you can’t go in, wouldn’t you hate them?

        If you were a bitchy old queen …..

        • Toby Andrews

          Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 10:40 am

          He’s finally gone nuts – he cannot hide it.
          Anyone know what this Isan Idiot is writing about?

          • Geoff

            Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 4:32 pm

            Himself.

      • Toby Andrews

        Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 6:07 pm

        Yes I have been to Mexico, they are quite good at scamming, better than the Moroccans, who have a limited range of scams, however some of the best are the Bulgarians.
        Even the Thais would be stunned at the inventive ways the Bulgarians scam.
        But really, the sheer abundance of Thai tricks and rip offs has no equal in the world.
        I believe this is why they will not be allowed to produce the Oxford/AstraZeneka vaccine.
        Thais cannot be trusted.

  8. Jim kelly

    Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 11:41 pm

    Agree Toby… quite amusing that they’re hungry and their thai standard of living is falling apart. HEY, THAT’S LIFE PEOPLE OF POOOOOHHHKET! There’s a ‘saying: “What goes round, comes around!” I think that’s what Toby is saying here. And the band played on as the ship sank!

  9. Patrick Kelly

    Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 3:03 am

    The China apologists have a lot of explaining to do before you embrace their vaccine …….

    Chinese authorities refused to share raw data on 174 early cases of Covid-19 with a World Health Organization team investigating the origins of the coronavirus pandemic, one of the scientists on the team told The Wall Street Journal.
    According to The Journal, government authorities provided summaries of the coronavirus cases to the WHO team, but withheld raw data that could provide clues about how the virus transmitted early on in the pandemic.

    • Issan John

      Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 10:27 am

      Why would that stop anyone with a working brain cell “embracing” their vaccine?

      • Patrick Kelly

        Monday, February 15, 2021 at 2:11 am

        China apologists don’t have working brain cells….thats what happens after being brainwashed. See Nazi Germany 1940’s

    • Gosport

      Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 11:49 am

      You read THE WSJ?! and even believe it ? I think you read JH data.

    • Geoff

      Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 4:37 pm

      Think deeper. They’ve allowed WHO in. Do you think they trust anybody from the West? And who (no pun intended) drives most of the anti China propaganda? No prizes for guessing correctly.

  10. Jesus Mary

    Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 6:10 am

    Yawn ?? the comments are so boring…….get a new purpose in life everyone, your comments are only fulfilling your own inadequacies. Rather than debate, go and mass debate.

  11. lou

    Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 1:00 pm

    chinese saying they invented Golf, but my balls cant believe in their vaccine either

  12. Jesus Mary

    Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    Yawn ?? such boring pointless comments……

  13. Issan John

    Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 7:10 pm

    If anyone’s vaccines work, whether Russian, Chinese, or anyone else’s, that’ll be clear from the results in other countries and by the time Thailand gets vaccines at least they’ll have been well and truly tested.

  14. steve

    Monday, February 15, 2021 at 1:04 am

    be like the free states in the USA, Fla and texas
    no masks no shut downs
    booming economy

    • Issan John

      Monday, February 15, 2021 at 1:15 pm

      Texas?

      Absolute bollox. There has been a mask order in place since 3 July which still applies over 90% of the state (233 of the 254 counties), with only 21 counties exempt due to the low number of cases.

      Over two and a half million cases and over 41,00 deaths with a population of 29 million is hardly something to be proud of, nor is an unemployment rate that was over twice as high last year as the previous year, with the worst job losses on record.

      Florida?

      No mask wearing, but nearly 2 million cases and 30,000 deaths with a population of just over 20 million. That’s as bad as the worst countries in the world.

      Hardly a “booming economy” with the documented loss of 169,000 jobs and more than $22 billion.

      • dispensed

        Monday, February 15, 2021 at 2:40 pm

        Sorry, johnny, but there’s statistically significant difference between mask and non mask. The only time masks make a difference is when you’re performing surgery. Are you performing surgery today, big guy? No, you’re not.

        What’s even more devastating for your claim is the fact that Florida has one of the largest elderly populations in the USA, and still managed to outperform most of the country despite not mandating masks.

  15. Patrick Kelly

    Monday, February 15, 2021 at 1:31 am

    If anyone’s “cheap vaccine” works …..there fixed it for you! What a clown show this vaccine rollout will turn out to be. Anybody with a bit of intelligence knows things are cheap for a reason.
    Can’t expect different from the Communist Party apologists!

  16. Dave

    Monday, February 15, 2021 at 2:03 am

    It is what it is… the Thai’s just don’t seem to be able to grasp what the situation really is. There are no tourists other than a loose handful of locals now and again. The situation is not going to improve in the near future and there are no easy solutions to fix things. Once they get their heads around the reality then they might start to look at ways to help their people and businesses alike. This mess we’re in is going to remain a serious mess for some years to come… sad but true.

  17. Ian

    Monday, February 15, 2021 at 2:38 am

    The king should share out some of the 40 billion that would be a start and show the people what a true king he is and the king of the people but alas I doubt it will happen

  18. Patrick Kelly

    Monday, February 15, 2021 at 4:01 am

    Israel’s largest healthcare provider on Sunday reported a 94% drop in symptomatic COVID-19 infections among 600,000 people who received two doses of the Pfizer’s vaccine in the country’s biggest study to date.

    You don’t get these stats with a 3 dollar vaccine unfortunately. The government apologists hate the truth.

    • Issan John

      Monday, February 15, 2021 at 1:43 pm

      Sorry to burst your bubble, Patrick K, but actually you DO “get these stats with a 3 dollar vaccine” as the Lancet has said about the Russian Sputnik V vaccine (92%), which is identical to the 92% efficacy at preventing serious cases in the Israeli report.

      “There was a 94 percent reduction in the rate of symptomatic infection and a 92 percent decrease in the rate of serious illness compared to 600,000 similar [subjects] who were not vaccinated,” Clalit said in a Hebrew-language statement.”

      The UAE has also reported at least 86% general effectiveness with the Sinopharm vaccine, with “100% protection against the occurrence of moderate and severe infections”.

      It’s hard to improve on 100%, and I doubt Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum opted for Sinopharm for himself because it was cheap.

    • dispensed

      Monday, February 15, 2021 at 2:36 pm

      You miss the point. The risk to the general population was already close to zero. The vaccine is mostly just psychological relief for gullible people who consume too much media and demonstrate blind faith in scientific progress.

  19. Jim kelly

    Monday, February 15, 2021 at 9:11 pm

    I DON’T WEAR A MASK… never wiil, won’t accept a vaccine.. don’t need it and my temperature is always spot on!! I’M OK… AND, THAT’S ALL THAT MATTERS.. MY LIFE… FECK THE REST!!

  20. Ray W.

    Monday, February 15, 2021 at 11:23 pm

    If only there was some common sense way to open the boarders without half a month quarantine and indecipherable paperwork, if only there was a way to test for covid on arrival… as that seems to be impossible I suppose economic suicide was the only recourse, but it least it won’t be a Covid death.

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