Connect with us

Phuket

Japanese tourists cancel trips to Phuket

Published

 on 

Japanese tourists cancel trips to Phuket | Thaiger

PHUKET: More than half of the Japanese tourists who planned to visit Phuket over the next week have canceled their bookings due to concerns over political unrest in Thailand.

Phuket Tourist Association (PTA) President Somboon Chirayus yesterday told the Gazette that despite the reopening of Phuket International Airport on Sunday, there have been many cancellations among foreign tour groups.

Cancellation rates among Japanese visitors are the highest, at about 50%, he said.

Mr Somboon, deputy managing director of Merlin Phuket Hotels and Resorts, said the direct flight from Narita to Phuket was now operating at half-capacity.

These flights had been nearly full every day before the recent increase in tensions in the capital and closure of Phuket Airport by protesters over the weekend, he said.

I think we will need more time to make tourists understand that the situation [in Phuket] is back to normal,” he said.

It is still too early to judge the effect of the airport closure on Phuket’s tourism picture in the long-term, but the distress and inconvenience suffered by passengers who were unable to catch their return flights is bound to leave a bad impression, he said.

Embassies around the world are closely watching the situation here and the issuance of travel advisories warning against travel to Thailand would have a negative impact, he said.

Methee Tanmanatragul, President of Thai Hotels Association Southern Chapter, earlier told the Gazette that the airport closures by anti-government protesters cost Phuket more than 250 million baht a day in tourism revenue, and about 400 million baht per day was lost in the Southern region as a whole.

 

Get more from The Thaiger

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

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

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

Follow Thaiger by email:

Thailand3 mins ago

Planning a small conference? Try Thailand’s super-luxury villas

Bangkok11 mins ago

50 crypto mines raided for stealing Thai electricity

Bangkok1 hour ago

Bangkok ranked No.6 in the top 10 best cities for expats

Sponsored3 hours ago

Go global with Upbit Thailand: Worldwide digital asset market in your hands

Thailand2 hours ago

Man armed with a pen gun arrested at seminar visited by PM Prayut

Tourism2 hours ago

Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport expects 130,000 daily passengers this month

Hot News2 hours ago

Racism scandal looms as Prince William and wife Kate arrive in US

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Environment3 hours ago

Indonesia’s environmental protection plan- trust the billionaires

Hot News3 hours ago

Part one: the most haunted places in Bangkok

Hot News3 hours ago

Europe wakes up to US profiteering from Russia-Ukraine conflict

Crime4 hours ago

‘Pinky’ the alleged Forex 3D scammer released on bail after 3 months behind bars

Hot News4 hours ago

North Korea forces citizens to change names for a more idealistic sound

Tourism4 hours ago

Thailand’s southern islands are reeling in tourists

Thailand4 hours ago

Driver furious with BKK shopping mall after foreigner accidentally causes damage to her car | GMT

Hot News4 hours ago

Ukraine’s hotline for surrendering Russian soldiers sees 100 enquiries a day

Hot News5 hours ago

Missing Australian teacher in Koh Samui found

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

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

Tourism2 years ago

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

Phuket2 years ago

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

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

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

Tourism2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Trending