Tossaporn Thephabutr, the Vice President of Sport and Tourism Committee under the Lower House of Representatives, and MP for Phuket, claimed that the strengthening Baht currency would not affect Phuket tourism much in the coming high season. He said that the tourists did not mind paying 10-20% more when travelling in Thailand.
Tossaporn added that the friendly hospitable spirit of Thai people, even after disasters, was one thing that attracted tourists to come to Thailand apart from beautiful nature. Moreover, there was a new group of tourists from European countries who came for adventurous and ecology trips in Thailand. This group of tourists was increasing, as well as the tourists who were interested in cultural trips.
To support tourism in Phuket, Tossaporn said that there should enough staff to serve people in the hospitality services. Furthermore, these people should be trained in more foreign languages in order to serve tourists effectively.