Phuket’s tourist figures have just been released and as many would have predicted they show a dramatic reduce in figures compared to last year and other previous years.
The figures were released by the Office of Tourism Development last week and show that tourist figures have dropped right across Thailand, from 5.5 million in 2008 to 4.7 million in 2009, which is about 14.8% less than last year.
However, those involved with Phuket’s tourism don’t seem to be concerned over the falling figures. “The tourism industry in Phuket is still good, a lot better than many other tourist destinations in Thailand,” Promchote Traivate, director of Phuket Tourism and Sports Office told the Phuket Gazette.
Phuket has long been one of Thailand’s top tourist destinations and many visitors have been visiting year after year for decades. However, many of the island’s hotels and businesses are launching campaigns and offering deals to entice visitors back to the island.
With plenty of travel bargains and deals to be found, it would seem that now is a great time to visit Phuket.