The Kata and Karon areas in Phuket are still struggling with few tourists, say local business operators

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The Kata and Karon sub-districts in the Mueang Phuket district have not recovered like other areas in Phuket after many Covid -19 restrictions had been relieved, said local business operators yesterday, May 26th, 2022.

Business operators in the Kata and Karon area told the Phuket Express, “Many businesses in Kata and Karon were shut down in the past two years since the Covid -19 pandemic started. Many of these businesses are shut down even now for a variety of reasons, stemming from still ongoing restrictions around nightlife or having returned to their home provinces during Covid-19 and never returning.”

“More tourists are coming to Phuket daily but not in Kata and Karon when compared to nearby areas like Patong, which has seen a significant recovery, much of it driven by nightlife converted to restaurants. With bars legally opening on June 1st in Phuket we expect Patong to get even busier but are concerned about Kata and Karon.” the local operators explained.

“The economy in Kata and Karon has not improved even though many events have been held to boost tourism in the area. These events were just temporary boosters.” The business operators and associations stated.

“This area has beautiful beaches which are Kata Beach and Karon Beach. Most foreign tourists like to play in the surf and relax at the beach when they do come to visit.” The business operators added.

“We need more attention from provincial leaders and the Thai government to boost tourism in Kata and Karon.” Business operators concluded.

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Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than three years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.