Phuket peak tourism season expected over Christmas and New Year, Russians top tourism market

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Phuket –

The peak of the Phuket tourism high season is expected from Christmas to New Year as Russians lead the pack of visitors.

The president of the Southern Thai Hotels Association Mr. Sueksit Suwannadissakun told the Phuket Express “Phuket tourism has improved since the beginning of October. About 57 percent of hotels in Phuket re-opened in October and in November this was 70 percent. We are expecting that during Christmas and New Year there will be 80 percent of hotels in Phuket opened.”

“December 24th, 2022 to January 5th, 2023 will be the peak of the tourism high season, the first since 2019 due to Covid-19 restrictions.” Mr. Sueksit added.

“The top tourists are now Russians which is about 25 percent of total visitors, secondly followed by Indians at 12 percent, and finally Singaporeans and Australians at 6 percent. These four groups of tourists are almost half of the overall tourism market in Phuket. Most of the others are  Europeans as they are in the winter season and so they like to visit Phuket for the warm weather and beaches,” Mr. Sueksit explained.

The original version of this article appeared on our sister website, The Phuket Express, owned by our parent company TPN media.


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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.