Tourism on the rise in southern Thailand, experts say

Tourism analysts said a spike in tourism is on the horizon as the region is ready to welcome visitors again.

Panuwat Phakdeeauksorn, Assistant Professor of Tourism and Hospitality at Prince of Songkla University, told Thai Enquirer that the tourism industry is on the rise.

“The tourism trend in the south is becoming positive as more visitors are entering the region to travel,” Panuwat says.

He added that the hotels and businesses in the region must meet Covid-19 health and safety standards. It’s important that businesses are certified to provide such Covid standards for tourists.

He said that at least 70% of staff at tourism related businesses must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

According to the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT)’s data, there have been over 50,000 visitors entering the country since the border reopened on November 1.

Panuwat also explained that the southern region has the most resources in the country, making it a sweet spot for local and international tourism to begin ramping up.

“The region has the most potential tourism carrying capacity for both national and international visitors.”

Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-ocha also took to his Facebook on Wednesday morning to post that the southern residents were ready to welcome visitors.

Only 65 visitors, or 0.12 per cent, were reported infected with Covid-19, he said. The government says this low number is proof of how efficiently they are now managing the pandemic.

The PM said more “mega events” that could promote Phuket as a tourism center and seven more tourism projects are coming to the southern provinces to help promote tourism.

The cabinet also proposed new world heritage sites in the area, including hotspots in Ranong, Phang Nga, and Phuket.

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