Phuket businesses are excited and ready to welcome Chinese tourists.
The President of the Phuket Tourism Association, Mr. Thanet Tantipiriyakit, told the Phuket Express “Business operators in Phuket and Andaman provinces are ready to welcome Chinese tourists. We are waiting for them and very excited after we heard the good news about China easing Covid restrictions.”
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“However we are worried about the shortage of labor in some sectors and some businesses are still closed as they don’t have enough money to re-open immediately if the number of Chinese tourists will be at the same as before Covid -19,” Mr. Thanet added.
The president of the Thai Southern Hotel Association said Tuesday, January 3rd, that Phuket is struggling with a severe shortage of labor amid the anticipated arrival of one million Chinese tourists.
“On the other hand, we are not worried about Covid-19 from Chinese people as we are vaccinated and already passed through a serious period of the pandemic,” Mr. Thanet noted
The Phuket Provincial Public Health Chief Doctor Kusak Kukiattikoon told the Phuket Express “More than 90 percent of people in Phuket have already been vaccinated. About 40 percent have received four doses of Covid-19 vaccinations especially people who work in tourism businesses.”
An influential Thai virologist said new Covid-19 strains from tourists traveling from the West are more worrisome than older strains from tourists traveling from China.
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