International tourists, led by Indians, continue to pour into Phuket after Thailand pass ends, says airport officials

Phuket –

About 7,000 tourists arrived and departed at the Phuket International Airport each day last month but more international tourists are expected to be coming to Phuket after the unpopular Thailand pass program was cancelled, says a top Phuket airport official.

First, our reference article:

It has been a long time coming, too long according to many of our readers here at TPN media, but as of today, July First, 2022, Thailand Pass is now gone and no longer a requirement to enter Thailand.

Now, an update:

The Director of the Phuket International Airport Mr. Monchai Tanod told the Phuket Express, “Last month about 7,000 international tourists arrived and departed at the airport per day. We have seen roughly a ten percent increase in international tourists after the Thailand Pass program was ended from July 1st.”

“More Indian tourists are coming to Phuket which is our main and largest market recently. Indians have been especially beneficial to the hotel and tourist attraction industry, including guided tours. However, we hope that China will open their country soon bringing many sorely missed Chinese tourists to the island. Prior to Covid-19, Chinese tourists were the largest group of visitors.” Monchai added.

The Thailand pass program which required pre-registration was especially a barrier for short term tourists, including those from India, who often come at short notice and for one to three days, Monchai concluded.


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Goongnang Suksawat
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 four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some 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.