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Indian visitors to Phuket surge whilst total numbers drop

By Bill Barnett

 

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by Bill Barnett from c9hotelworks.com

 

The soaring number of Indian visitors to Phuket for the first seven months of 2019 has propelled Indian tourists into the Top 5 arrivals for the first time.

 

Arrivals from India from January – July, compared to the same period in 2018, grew 354%, amassing a total of 186,360 arrivals.

 

Mainland Chinese arrival figures continue to drop with an 18% decline, year on year. Russian tourists also dropped 3%, and Australians down 1%. South Korea rounded out the Top 5 international source markets with a 3% gain.

 

Looking at growth, Malaysia doubled year-on-year figures. And despite a strong baht, UK tourists posted a rise of 36% and Germany 7%.

 

Diving into total passenger arrivals at Phuket International Airport for the first seven months this year, compared to the same period in 2018, arrivals have dropped 5%.

 

There is little doubt the ‘China conundrum’ remains central to Phuket’s tourism narrative, as the shrinking numbers indicate just over 1.2 million arrivals in seven months, compared over 1.4 million last year.

 

While all eyes are on India, the reality is Phuket is not the only Southeast Asian market tapping this source, as Bali and Vietnam are experiencing fast growing airlift to the region.

 

Source: https://thethaiger.com/hot-news/tourism/indian-visitors-to-phuket-surge-whilst-total-numbers-drop

 

 
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19 minutes ago, Oziex1 said:

Am I seeing Indians in the photo or Chinese?

Never let the details get in the way of a good story.

 

The headline "Indian visitors to Phuket surge whilst total numbers drop". A TAT news release would no doubt exclude the words "whilst total numbers drop".

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23 minutes ago, b2bme said:

I take it you look down on Indians or see yourself above them. Typical comment though from someone of the flag on your profile. I laugh at your pompous attitude as your Empire crumbles.

I recall reading where your national dish is now curry and chips......LOL

At least we had an empire.

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1 hour ago, Geoffggi said:

No wonder everyone is leaving if that many Indians are arriving......LOL

 

4 minutes ago, mike1967 said:

Indians have such a fantastic reputation and deservedly so!!! Trying to bargain over a 10 baht, baht bus. Sharing a tiny cup of coffee between 4 people and let's not even go there with the girls. Far as I'm concerned it's another reason not to go to Phuket.

 

5 minutes ago, mike1967 said:

Indians have such a fantastic reputation and deservedly so!!! Trying to bargain over a 10 baht, baht bus. Sharing a tiny cup of coffee between 4 people and let's not even go there with the girls. Far as I'm concerned it's another reason not to go to Phuket.

Well indians are not murderers, also they dont run into others rooms nude intoxicated to strangle others. What happened in Karon was shamefull by a Norvegian. Also indians dont beg money to go back.

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I was last in Phuket in January, been there and many other places in Thailand many times over the years never had any negative interaction with Indians or Chinese tourists, or Thai people for wiw.

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49 minutes ago, mstevens said:

 

I thought the Brits were leaving Thailand in droves because they think the country is expensive and with their weak currency that can't afford to stay.

At least when we go out drinking we have a beer each....LOL

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15 hours ago, madmitch said:

UK up 36%? The rest of the figures I can believe but not this one.

Although the pound is at its lowest against the Baht inexperienced travellers , (Holiday makes) don't look at the exchange rate . They come here TLand with a load of money and when thats spent thats it. Its not till after they realise what little value they've had for the money spent. So they think shan't be going back their again.

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