Phuket is at the top of the four southern provinces that focus on tourism in terms of new business registration with an 82 percent increase as the tourism economy has improved.
The Deputy Minister of Commerce Mr. Sinit Lertkrai told The Phuket Express, “The Department of Business and Development has analyzed business trends in four famous tourism areas in southern provinces which are Phuket, Surat Thani, Krabi, and Phang Nga in the first three months of this year (January to March). There are 1,216 new businesses registered overall which a is 51.62 percent increase.”
“Phuket has the highest number of new businesses registered which is 613 businesses. This is an 82 percent increase for Phuket. This is followed, in order, by Surat Thani, Krabi and Phang Nga,” Mr. Sinit explained.
“In these four provinces, restaurant businesses have increased 83 percent, hotels and resort business with a 169 percent increase, spa businesses with a 100 percent increase, and tourism booking businesses with a 400 percent increase.” Mr. Sinit concluded.
This comes as, The Phuket Express notes, many business operators being hopeful that the continued easing of Covid-19 rules will bring many tourists to return to Thailand.