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Phuket Airport to see surge in domestic passengers during Vegetarian Festival

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The director of Phuket Airport says at least 15,000 domestic passengers per day are expected during the upcoming Vegetarian Festival. Thani Chuangchu says the event, which runs from October 16 to 25, will see an increase in domestic traffic at the airport, which normally receives around 13,000 domestic travellers per day during holidays and long weekends.

During the week, Phuket airport normally deals with up to 70 domestic flights a day. At weekends and during long holidays, this increases to around 80 flights a day. However, Thani says that during the Vegetarian Festival, the airport is expecting to handle around 90 domestic flights a day.

The Vegetarian Festival is expected to generate around 200 million baht for Phuket’s shattered economy. The province has been devastated by the fall-out from Covid-19, with countless businesses shuttered, some for good, and tourist hotspots, such as Patong and Karon, now resembling ghost towns. Thani says there has been a 60,000 reduction in the number of flights arriving and departing Phuket airport since the start of the pandemic. Compared to the same period last year, this equates to a 48% reduction.

The island is shortly expected to welcome its first group of foreign tourists under the new Special Tourist Visa scheme, when 120 Chinese visitors arrive later this month. Thani says the airport is fully equipped to meet health screening requirements, with mobile testing units, lab facilities, and medical staff all in compliance with both the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand and the International Civil Aviation Organisation.

“Phuket airport is 100% ready to welcome local and foreign passengers.”

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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      EdwardV

      Friday, October 9, 2020 at 10:45 am

      The Channel News Asia website calls into question whether or not the Chinese tourist/businessmen actually existed: “Chinese media has questioned the identity of those tourists, however, with reports unable to confirm any Thailand travel bookings among agents in Guangzhou.”

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        The Thaiger & The Nation

        Friday, October 9, 2020 at 12:35 pm

        The bookings were made through a Government-sanctioned Thai tourism company “Long Stay Thailand”. Channel News Asia don’t usually know the time of the day.

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      Issan John

      Friday, October 9, 2020 at 12:48 pm

      Great news about domestic tourism, even if expected.

      Locally (in Loei) a lot of people rely on tourism (resorts, tour guides, transport to the viewpoints, etc) but it’s all domestic – maybe one in a thousand are foreign.

      Those commenting here nearly all seem to assume that the 10 to 20% of GDP made up by tourism is all from foreign tourists, and while that may be a major part it’s far from the whole story.

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        Toby Andrews

        Friday, October 9, 2020 at 5:15 pm

        How can you know what we assume?
        You do too much assuming. You assume you that you know that one in a thousand tourists in Loei is foreign.
        How can you know that? You cannot.
        You also assume you are smart and you are not.

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          Issan John

          Friday, October 9, 2020 at 6:05 pm

          You seem to have a problem with your English comprehension, amongst other things, which could explain a great deal.

          I don’t claim to “know” what those posting here assume – just what they “seem to assume”, which is very different.

          Similarly, I don’t claim to “know” how many tourists in Loei are foreign, just “maybe” how many are “locally” which is not only also very different but also very easy to see and measure reasonably accurately.

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