Nai Harn Beach, Phuket

Patong is Thailand’s number one tourist destination

According to a recent study by the Phuket Tourist Association, the Patong area of Phuket is by far the most popular tourist destination this season, even though major hotels in other areas may be struggling to fill rooms.

In a recent interview with the Phuket Gazette, Phuket Tourist Association President Somboon Jirayus admitted that the existing average occupancy rates are about 30-40 percent in most parts of the island, which is down about 30 percent on last year’s average. In addition, most hotels are being forced to offer rooms at discounted rates, meaning that profits are being cut dramatically.

One person who is being affected by the change is Methee Tanmanatragul, who is President of Thai Hotels Association Southern Chapter. He attributed much of the loss in tourist revenue from the recent spate of protesting and rioting, adding that: “If this rut Thai people stop fighting, everything will surely improve, but if we can’t find harmony we will remain stuck in.”

The good news for tourists is that hotels continue to lower their rates, meaning that there has never been a better time to find quality accommodation at a bargain price.



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