The number of Chinese tourists visiting Phuket in tour groups has continued to fall since the Phoenix sinking on July 5, this year, Montri Manator, the deputy director of the Phuket Tourism Authority of Thailand, said.
“On the other hand, Chinese tourists who are visiting Phuket by themselves, called FIT groups (Free and Independent Travellers), has not decreased. They are continuing to visit Phuket in high numbers,” he added.
“These are Chinese tourists who book their own holidays, decide which hotel to stay at, where to eat and where to visit. They are the second generation of Chinese tourists and are high spenders.
“Last month there were more than 120,000 Chinese tourists, which is still the number one foreign tourist group to visit Phuket.”
He said that from January to October, the number of hotel check-ins is still around 71 per cent occupancy. There have been 10.184 million tourists, including 1.55 million Thais and the other 8.624 million foreigners.
“These tourists have generated Bt299.4 million income for the island,” he said.