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Phuket airport numbers soar, despite the sag in the second half of 2018

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“India became the fastest growing source market last year with more direct flights in 2019.”

by Bill Barnett of C9 Hotelworks

In 2018, Phuket tourism experienced volatile trading. While the first half year achieved a record high 4.8 million passenger arrivals, the second half year dropped unexpectedly due to the impact of the boat tragedy in July when 47 Chinese tourists died in the capsize and sinking of the tour boat Phoenix.

Looking at annualised figures, Phuket airport hosted over 9 million passenger arrivals last year, representing an 8% year-on-year increase. However, growth was driven by the first two quarters of 2018, which rose by 17% year-on-year compared to the second half of 2017.

Passenger arrivals dropped slightly in the second half of 2018 compared to the previous year for the first time since 2015. Hotel demand slowed with market-wide occupancy declining by 4%.

Mainland China was the most impacted source market which had a sluggish pace of -3% July-December 2018 versus a strong growth rate of 45% in the first half of last year. In contrast, India with a 56% y-o-y increase, was the highest amongst international source markets in 2018.

SOURCE: Phuket’s Provincial Administration Office andC9 Hotelworks Market Research

Moving forward Phuket is seeking to expand through more diverse markets and demand segments. There remains concern over the impact of a large crop of new hotels in the pipeline, coupled with increased competition of unlicensed and illegal accommodation.

“Notwithstanding, we expect Phuket tourism will remain stable in the long term.”

Phuket airport numbers soar, despite the sag in the second half of 2018 | News by The Thaiger



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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.

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Motorbike rider dies after colliding with ten wheeler truck in Thalang

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A male motorbike rider has died after colliding into the back of a ten wheeler truck in Thalang early this morning.

Thalang Police were notified of the accident along Thepkrasattri Road in the southbound lane through Thalang at 2am this morning. The conditions were dry and road was clear of traffic.

Emergency responders arrived to find the ten wheelers truck and driver,  55 year old Sirichai Konghom, waiting at the scene.

Nearby was a damaged motorbike. The 20 year old driver, Ittiphon Rodnokkaew, died at the scene.

Sirichai told police that he was driving from Surat Thani to Phuket. When he arrived at the scene he heard the sound of a collision at the back of his truck.

Police are continuing their investigation.

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Boating no-go zone set for  HRH Princess Sirivannavari visiting Phuket

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Her Royal Highness Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana is visiting Phuket today to inaugurate a new marine research vessel. A boats no-go zone has been set.

The Phuket Marine Office has announced “Her Royal Highness Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana is visiting Phuket today to inaugurate the new marine vessel at the Phuket Marine Biological Centre (PMBC)”

“The official ceremonies is from midday to 5pm,  No boats may enter in the special zone during HRH Sirivannavari’s visit from midday to 5pm which are…

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For non-nautical types, here’s a more helpful map. The exclusion areas are between the PMBC and Koh Lon in Chalong Bay

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UPDATE: Water truck driver presents himself to police after motorcycle death on Kata hill

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UPDATE: Water truck driver presents himself to police after motorcycle death on Kata hill | The Thaiger

A water truck driver has presented himself to Karon Police after yesterday’s road accident on Kata Hill that killed a female motorcycle rider.

She died after skidding on oil spilled on the road, falling off the motorbike and being crushed by a water truck in Kata last night. Two others motorists following being also crashed and sustained injuries.

Read more about yesterday’s incident HERE.

This morning the water truck driver, Apichart Sripan, has himself to Karon Police for questioning over the incident.

Karon Police report that a drug and alcohol test has been conducted returning a zero result. But he has been charged with reckless driving causing injury and death.

In our earlier report, police say witnesses report the truck stopped 100 metres down the road. They say the driver got out of the truck to inspect the wheels. Witnesses tried to take photo of him but he got back into his truck and sped away.

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