More than 70,000 Indian tourists visited Phuket in the past three months and are driving the economy, say Phuket Old Town officials

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More than 70,000 Indian tourists visited Phuket in the last three months and most of them like marine activities and Phuket Old Town, say Old Town officials.

The President of the Old Phuket Town Community Mr. Somyos Patan told the Phuket Express, “There were more than 70,000 Indian tourists who visited Phuket from May to July and more of them are coming. They are the current single biggest nationality in terms of foreign tourists in Phuket.”

“Their favourite tourism activities are enjoying marine sports and exploration, entertainment, and shopping in Phuket Old Town. They also love to take photos in Phuket Old Town with beautiful architecture and buildings. If business operators know what Indian tourists favor, they can attract more Indian tourists. Many businesses are beginning to cater to Indians and learn the type of food, music, and atmosphere that they enjoy. A Thai style or western style atmosphere for restaurants and entertainment venues are not as popular with Indian tourists as one that plays their music, offers their food, and makes them feel comfortable.” Somyos explained.

Ms. Phonnan Ritsaksri, a tour guide in Phuket, told the Phuket Express, “Indian tourists like Go-Karts and Zip Line activities. They also like beaches, the sea, and forests. Indians will be the best group of tourists who support the Phuket and Thailand economy for now. Many people don’t believe Indians spend money but they do, primarily at natural tourist attractions and fun places like water parks and island activities.”

Indians are forecast by the Tourism Authority of Thailand to continue to be Thailands largest group of foreign tourists, primarily driven by the fact China and Russia, previous tourism leaders, both have their own current obstacles. Namely, China continues a Covid Zero policy limiting tourism and Russia is embroiled in a war with Ukraine and has been issued punishing sanctions that limit many tourists from traveling.

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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.