1999 a fine year for tourism in Phuket

PHUKET: Despite criticism that Phuket has become too expensive for its own good, the number of visitors coming to the island in 1999 was up by 15.9% compared with the previous year. This followed an increase of 10.8% between 1997 and 1998, and 4.8% between 1996 and 1997. The visitors also spent more; the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), which compiled the figures, estimates that Phuket’s revenue from tourism last year was 55.7 billion baht, a hefty 30.5% increase from 1998’s 42.7 billion baht. The 1999 figures show that 3,083,208 visitors came to Phuket last year. Of these, 2,167,802 were foreigners. Highlights of the TAT’s statistics: — The number of Thais arriving rose by 17.5%, from 779,167 to 915,406. — The biggest rise, according to guest arrival figures recorded by hotels and other accommodation establishments, was among visitors from Taiwan, who shot up by 40% to 214,360. — Arrivals from Britain, too, recorded a hefty rise, climbing by 29.7% to 240,375 visitors, making the British the largest foreign group. — Also sharply up were arrivals from Sweden, which sent 144,063 visitors, an increase of 28.7%. — The German contingent, though still a respectable 237,266 arrivals, declined by 0.4% compared with 1998. — Also down were the numbers arriving from Japan. They fell by 0.9% to 126,139. — Average daily expenditure by visitors increased to 3,441 baht per person, compared with 3,408 baht in 1998, and 2,865 baht in 1997. — Also up was the average length of stay, which was 5.07 days last year, compared with 4.30 in 1998, and 4.17 in 1997.

Phuket News

Thaiger Talk

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

Legacy Phuket Gazette

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply