Thailand Ministry of Health reports 6,230 new COVID-19 cases and an additional 56 deaths since yesterday. The ministry also announced an additional 9,322 patients recovered from the COVID-19 virus.
As operators on the island perceive good indicators from the recent loosening of travel restrictions, Phuket hopes to attract 1 million foreign visitor arrivals in the fourth quarter and 3.5 million in total this year.
International arrivals have climbed to 3,000-5,000 per day starting May 1, according to Bhummikitti Raktaengam, head of the Phuket Tourist Association, compared to 400-500 per day during the sandbox period and 2,500 per day under the “Test & Go” plan.
In the first four months of this year, 328,004 tourists visited Phuket.
India, according to Mr. Bhummikitti, is a prospective market because it has contributed the most inbound foreign tourists this month, with an average of 1,000 per day, thanks to direct flights to Phuket.
With roughly 10,000 visitors to Phuket in April, Australia was the second-largest group of international incoming tourists. This number is likely to rise to 15,000 per month.
The United Kingdom, Singapore, Malaysia, and Saudi Arabia were also essential markets for Phuket.
He estimates that hotel occupancy rates in key tourist destinations like Patong, which are popular with Indian and Australian visitors, will reach 60-70 percent this month.
Between October and December, the organization expects that the number of tourists flying direct to the island will remain stable at 9,000 to 10,000 per day, assuming no more difficulties.
“The viral situation should no longer be cause for huge concern, but other economic indicators during the final quarter should be considered, including inflation, the exchange rate, and oil prices, which affect both the supply and demand sides,” Mr. Bhummikitti said.