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Phuket unemployment rates rise, average monthly income drops

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With the lack of foreign tourists visiting Phuket, many tourism-dependent businesses have suffered. Officials have reported a spike in unemployment in Phuket and say average monthly income has dropped down to 1,900 baht.

Government officials are now discussing potential measures for economic rehabilitation on the island province as well as the so-called “sandbox” travel scheme, which is expected to help revive the island’s tourism sector.

Phuket’s poverty line back in 2019 was at 3,068 baht per month. Since the pandemic, the number of employed people in Phuket has risen to 64,000 people and the average income has dropped to 1,900 baht per month, according to Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies at PSU Phuket’s Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism, Chayanon Pucharoen.

The “We Travel Together” government subsidy scheme, aimed at promoting domestic tourism to help revive the economy, generated 1.5 billion baht for Phuket, but Chayanon said the unemployment rate still went up and average monthly income went down.

Another tourism stimulus campaign, “Tour Tiew Thai” is set to start on Thursday and is expected to draw in 15.5 billion baht nationally.

The new “sandbox” tourism model is expected to revive Phuket’s tourism industry starting in July. The scheme will allow travellers who are vaccinated against Covid-19 to travel to specific areas in Thailand that have reached herd immunity.

Phuket has requested 933,174 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine to cover 466,587 people. Each person needs 2 doses of the vaccine. The plan is to vaccinate at least 70% of the population on the island province by the end of June. President of Phuket Tourist Association, Bhummikitti Raktaengam, says 100% of the people in the tourism industry on the island need to be vaccinated.

SOURCE: Phuket News

 

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9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. Bill

    Monday, March 29, 2021 at 3:59 pm

    I would rather make 1900 baht per month and eat ramen noodles every day than have to potentially deal with common cold symptoms for a few days. Covid!!!

  2. Kim

    Monday, March 29, 2021 at 4:18 pm

    There are still plenty of red plate BMW’s, Benz’s, Porsche’s etc here in Phuket thus things aren’t that bad as some would like to portrait it. Plenty of people eating out during the weekends in Cherngtalay. The gab between the middle class and poor has risen exponentially, like the rest of the world and I guess this is just the nature of the beast. Some news outlet previously claimed the month average salary in Phuket was thb 40000 pre C19, one can wonder why people didn’t save for a rainy day considering they made at least 3 times more than the national minimum salary?

  3. Issan John

    Monday, March 29, 2021 at 5:51 pm

    “Since the pandemic, the number of employed people in Phuket has risen to 64,000 people … ”

    I think you mean the number of UNEMPLOYED people in Phuket ?

    “…the average income has dropped to 1,900 baht per month, according to Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies at PSU Phuket’s Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism, Chayanon Pucharoen.”

    That is NOT what Chayonon Pucharown said, although that’s what the Phuket News keeps reporting.

    What he VERY clearly said was that this was the average income per head of population FROM FOREIGN TOURISTS – absolutely NOT the “average income”.

    Completely different, and copying it parrot fashion, repeatedly, without verifying it is poor reporting at best.

  4. Sanuk

    Monday, March 29, 2021 at 9:42 pm

    IJ,
    You should be used to all the errors in The Thaiger articles by now. You’ll never read one article on this site without factual errors, spelling errors or grammatical errors.

  5. toby andrews

    Monday, March 29, 2021 at 10:38 pm

    They will receive no sympathy from me.
    Tourism was going down before Covid, due to scams, double pricing, and a rotten system of rip off the tourists.
    I want them starving, picking up cans, fishing, foraging in the jungles, and begging.
    They had it coming . . .

  6. Bruno

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 1:34 am

    Yup just down with them – more more. they dont understand it yet
    allways rude in Phuket arrogant lie cheat steal . for me they can swim in their own shit its their own fault all of it
    what about the poor people up in Essan ? allways welcomed there.. kind friendly .. who now help them instead ?

  7. funny coz its true

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 6:24 am

    Architects of their own destiny, I have very little sympathy for Thailand. They screwed over tourists unsympathetically for decades.

  8. Bill

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 9:23 am

    I don’t understand the people who hate on Thais yet still read thethaiger daily. If you hate Thailand just move on.

  9. Issan John

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 2:39 pm

    “I don’t understand the people who hate on Thais yet still read thethaiger daily.”

    They’re waiting to see if the “Hansum man I love you all night” 10 baht special they used to get has been re-introduced, Bill.

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