The president of the Phuket Tourism Association Bhummikitti Ruktaengam said that the island is becoming popular with foreign tourists, receiving 4,000 applications each day through the Thailand Pass system. Ruktaengam said that most of those visitors are from Germany, Russia, Kazakhstan, the United Kingdom, the United States and France.
Ruktaengam praised the success of the island’s Covid-19 measures for motivating among foreign tourists.
70% – 80% of international arrivals who test positive are infected with the Omicron variant, according to Bhummikitti. However, 90% of cases only exhibit mild symptoms.
Bhummikitti said that the authorities are also coming up with other facilities if hotels do not have isolation rooms for infected guests. These could be hospitals or the newly-created Traveler Community Isolation wards. Phuket will open 3 new TCI facilities for housing infected tourists, if their hotels do not have isolation rooms.
126 out of 480 Phuket hotels have registered to offer hotel room isolation, allocating a number of rooms for self-isolating infected guests exhibiting mild symptoms. The island now has 650 such rooms.
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