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PHUKET: The number of Taiwanese tourist arrivals in Phuket this year is expected double last year’s figure, a senior government official has announced.

Paiboon Upatising, currently caretaker president of the Phuket Provincial Administration Organization (OrBorJor), said that the island can expect up to 100,000 Taiwanese arrivals in 2012 – compared with 50,000 last year.

The projections were announced following the “Phuket Road Show & Table Top Sales” tourism promotion in Taipei and Taichuang – Taiwan’s third largest city – last month.

Accompanying Mr Paiboon on the trip was Phuket Governor Tri Augkaradacha, Phuket Tourist Association (PTA) President Somboon Jirayus, director of the Phuket office of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Bangonrat Shinaprayoon, PTA vice-chairman Phurit Maswongsa and a delegation of Phuket tourism operator representatives.

“Last year we held road shows in many countries, including China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Dubai, Qatar and Australia,” Mr Paiboon said.

“Those trips resulted in more direct flights and thus tourists to Phuket from the cities we visited. This proves that these road shows have been successful,”he added.

Mr Paiboon noted that Taiwan was an “interesting” source market for tourists to Phuket.

“The country has more than 20 million people, but not many Taiwanese visit Phuket. A lot more Taiwanese traveled to Phuket before the Boxer Day 2004 tsunami hit Phuket,” he said.

“Before the tsunami, there used to be more than 200,000 Taiwanese arrivals in Phuket each year. After that, their new holiday destinations were Japan, the Philippines and Bali.

“These destinations have a lot more flights [from Taiwan], making it convenient for them to travel to,” he said.

Mr Paiboon pointed out there are currently three direct flights per week from Taiwan to Phuket.

“I hope Thai Airways will add flights from Taiwan to Hong Kong, which will allow more [Taiwanese commuters] to continue to Phuket via connecting direct flights from Hong Kong,” he said.

“Our next roadshow will be in Germany in March. Then we will have one in Japan around July. At the end of the year, we will be going to Australia again, since we have had good feedback from that country,” he concluded.

Governor Tri added that Taiwan is a high-potential target for both high and low seasons in Phuket.

“After discussions with Thai Airways representatives and the Thai Ambassador in Taipei, I feel very confident that Thai Airways will offer flights from Taipei to Phuket, and that Phuket will be welcoming more Taiwanese tourists soon,” he said.

China Airways is currently the only airline to offer non-stop flights between Taipei and Phuket.

“We have done our homework very well before going to present our province to the Taiwanese [tourism operators].

“Chinese tourists from mainland China are our main target. They travel to Phuket all year round, even in the low season. The Taiwanese are like the mainland Chinese because they like to travel a lot as well.

“The most special part is that Phuket and Taiwan have similar cultures. Most of the Taiwanese are Hokkien, and many Chinese in Phuket are also Hokkien.

“The fact that we both share the same heritage is a strong selling point for our province,” he said.

— Chaiyot Yongcharoenchai

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When the airlines, in particular, were asking the government to put their hands in their pockets for some relief funding in August last year, it was genuinely thought that international tourists would be coming back for the high season in December and January. At the very least local tourists and expats would head back to the skies over the traditional holiday break. And surely the Chinese would be back for Chinese New Year?

As we know now, none of that happened. A resurge in cases started just south of Bangkok on December 20 last year, just before Christmas, kicking off another round of restrictions, pretty much killing off any possibility of a high season ‘bump’ for the tourist industry. Airlines slashed flights from their schedule, and hotels, which had dusted off their reception desks for the surge of tourists, shut their doors again.

Domestically, the hotel business saw 6 million room nights in the government’s latest stimulus campaign fully redeemed. But the air ticket quota of 2 million seats still has over 1.3 million seats unused. Local tourists mostly skipped flights and opted for destinations within driving distance of their homes.

As for international tourism… well that still seems months or years away, even now.

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Passenger numbers on domestic flights within Thailand have doubled within a month, rising from 4,000 in January to over 10,000 this month. Having nearly recovered to pre-pandemic levels, domestic travel plummeted once more when Covid-19 resurfaced late last year.

Apirat Chaiwongnoi from the Department of Airports says 15 of Thailand’s 29 airports are now operating domestic flights, with more expected to follow. He believes the aviation sector will continue to recover further in the coming 6 months, bolstered by the national vaccine rollout.

Around 120 domestic flights a day are now operating, which is twice the number that were operating at the lowest point in the crisis. Prior to the resurgence of the virus in December, domestic passenger numbers had recovered to 30,000 – 40,000 a day, around 80% of pre-pandemic numbers.

The DoA says airports must continue to adhere to the Covid-19 hygiene measures put in place by the Health Ministry and the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand.

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Samut Sakhon’s Central Shrimp Market, the epicentre of Thailand’s recent wave of Covid-19, will remain closed until February 15. The market can reopen once the overall hygiene situation at the market and surrounding area has improved, according to the province’s disease control committee.

Local officials say the shrimp market needs to remain closed until the market structure and nearby residential facilities are inspected. People who violate the order face up to a year in prison and a fine up to 100,000 baht.

More than 12,000 people in the province have tested positive for Covid-19. The increasing number of infections is a result from the active case finding to contain the spread of the virus.

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