Hotels in Phuket, both in the provincial seat and on tourist-oriented beach areas, have been fully booked for the Chinese New Year from Febary 2-8, Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Phuket office Bangornrat Shinaprayoon said.
Most tourists, who chose Phuket as their destination to celebrate the Chinese New Year, are from China, Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and Malaysia boosting Phuket tourism and at least one billion baht (US$33 million) is expected to be circulated during the event, she said.
The TAT cooperated with the private sector to arrange a tour by an open air distinctive “Pho Thong” taxi bus with two rows of bench seats, facing each other for tourists to visit nine Chinese shrines in Phuket from February 4-10 at a cost of 99 baht (US$3.3) including food and souvenir. The proceed will go to the shrine.
A Phuket old-styled fair will be also held along Thalang road and Phangnga road from 9am-3pm, so visitors can enjoy the atmosphere of Phuket town in the old days.
Suchart Hirankanokkul, the President of Southern Thai Hotel Association said Phuket would be crowded with Chinese tourists during 2011 Chinese New Year Festival this coming February. Tourists from Europe and Korea are also returning to the island.
The room reservation rate, especially for the hotels located in Phuket Town, reached 100% during February 2nd – 10th 2011. More Chinese tourists planned to spend their New Year vacation in Phuket as they believe in the island’s security. Apart from Phuket, Pattaya is another popular destination for the Chinese tourists.