PHUKET: Tourism in Phuket will not be negatively affected by flooding in other parts of Thailand in fact, the industry is doing better than last year, according to Phuket Tourist Association (PTA) Vice President for Marketing Bhuritt Maswongsa. The flood disaster is not affecting Phuket tourism because most of Phukets tourists come from abroad there are more than 40 direct flights from overseas to Phuket, Mr Bhuritt said.
PHUKET: Hotel operators are lukewarm to an effort by the Thai Hotels Association to lobby the government to limit the number of new hotel licenses it issues, saying the real problem is the number of accommodation establishments that operate illegally. Following reports that the association planned to lobby returning Tourism and Sports Minister Chumpol Silpa-archa to help develop the industry by limiting new hotel licenses in popular destinations, Phuket Tourist Association President Somboon Jirayus doubted such a measure could be effective in Phuket under current circumstances
PHUKET: Critical issues affecting Phuket tourism must be contained, or else the industry could slide out of control, the Dutch Ambassador to Thailand warned yesterday. On his first official visit to Phuket, Ambassador Joan Boer asked Phuket Governor Tri Augkaradacha what he intended to do about the problems, specifically naming jet-ski rip-off scams and unscrupulous tuk-tuk drivers as the key culprits