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Phuket Free of Covid-19… and Tourists

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Phuket has been free of the coronavirus, but still needs frequent tourism-promotion campaigns because its tourism industry has not picked up, according to the mayor of Patong District.

Chalermlak Kebsap said that although Phuket has been free of Covid-19 cases and eased business lockdowns, the number of Thai visitors has not brought the economy and tourism back to life.

According to her, 80 percent to 90 percent of Patong’s economy depends on foreign tourists and, consequently, only 20 percent to 30 percent of local hotels, restaurants, entertainment venues and souvenir shops have opened. The rest remain closed as lose money than they would if open.

“Patong is quiet both at day and night,” Chalermlak said.

To cope, Phuket would have tourism-promotion campaigns on a monthly basis, she said. They will include entertainment and seafood fairs this month, a surfing contest next month and a mountain marathon in October.