Connect with us


Phuket Report Card August 2017

Bill Barnett



Story from

Phuket’s Provincial government is undertaking a large-scale initiative to tackle the problem of unlicensed hotels. Since the campaign started, a total of 1,007 hotels have now applied for official operating licenses with just six approved to date. The main challenges for the process are the strict regulations associated with the Building Control and Hotel Acts. Provincial Hall is considering reviewing the requirements to support the conversion process and encourage more of the unlicensed premises to fall into line.

The government is addressing traffic management issues by initiating the development of a 12-lane Sakoo-Koh Kaew expressway project which will accommodate a light rail component. This process is dependent on an environmental study and public opinion and will require a significant acquisition of private land if it is to go ahead. Construction is expected to take five years, that’s assuming the EIA is approved by 2018.

Phuket’s airport is continuing to see rising traffic demand with total passenger arrivals experiencing year-on-year growth of 10% in the first five months of 2017. The addition of a light rail network, to the airport and beyond, will improve overall public transport and slow the pace of congestion. Overtime, the limitation of the airport’s single runway continues to be a barrier to significant growth. The length of the runway also limits the size of jets able to land on the island.

As for the tourists flying to the island, the Chinese arrivals have grown by 8% year on year and the Russians a huge 17%. Mainland Chinese lead the way as the island’s most prolific tourists, followed by Russians, South Koreans, Australians and Germans. UK tourism flow to the island is down to just 10% of the total European arrivals.


• Future Government funding for infrastructure investment for Phuket Province now totals US$ 2 billion.

• Overseas passenger arrivals increased by 9% year-on-year, with an additional 143 scheduled flights added between March – October 2017.

• Completion of upgrades for the Phuket Airport domestic terminal is scheduled for December 2017 just in time for peak tourist season.

• Design of the 22.4 Km Sakoo-Koh Keaw expressway is expected to be finalized by August this year with an Environmental Impact Statement completed in 2018.

• Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment is planning to simplify the process approval for hotel licensing applications.
You can read the full report from here……/phuket-mid-year-market-update…

PHOTO: Today Online


Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forums
🔔 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join YouTube for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram


Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Bill Barnett has over 30 years of experience in the Asian hospitality and property markets. He is considered to be a leading authority on real estate trends across Asia, and has sat at almost every seat around the hospitality and real estate table. Bill promotes industry insight through regular conference speaking engagements and is continually gathering market intelligence. Over the past few years he has released four books on Asian property topics.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Coronavirus (Covid-19)14 mins ago

Wednesday Covid Update: Record high of 16,533 new cases

Best of13 hours ago

Top 5 Wine Bars in Bangkok with Delivery

Best of13 hours ago

The Best Bakeries in Bangkok with Delivery

Welcome back to Thailand!

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in Thailand - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages!

Coronavirus (Covid-19)14 hours ago

More Pattaya people arrested drinking alcohol, violating Covid measures

Best of14 hours ago

5 of the most appealing Phang Nga hotels

Phuket15 hours ago

“Phuket Sandbox” still on, provincial restrictions set after uptick in Covid-19

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand15 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Boss indictment, Pattaya arrests, bubble burst | July 27

Best of16 hours ago

Top 5 bars in Pattaya

Thailand16 hours ago

UPDATE: Dying Samut Prakan mother tells daughters to go to orphanage

Best of16 hours ago

Top 5 Thai restaurants in Krabi

Drugs16 hours ago

Hong Kong officials seize 61 kilograms of heroin shipped from Bangkok

Best of16 hours ago

Koh Pha Ngan’s 5 best resorts

North East17 hours ago

Couple “drops off” Covid infected 80 year old father at Korat temple, drive off

Coronavirus (Covid-19)17 hours ago

Phuket officials add new layers of restrictions, Central closed for 7 days

Thailand18 hours ago

Korat construction camp closed following Covid outbreak

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism5 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism5 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism5 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8