Phuket economy gets RM51mil boost from sandbox

THE tourism sandbox programme has generated an estimated 400 million baht (RM51mil) income directly and indirectly for Phuket within a month.

Tourism Authority of Thailand’s Phuket Office reported that since the launch of the sandbox programme on July 1, the province has welcomed 9,358 foreign tourists.

“The top five countries with most tourists visiting Phuket in the past 20 days are the United States, the United Kingdom, Israel, Germany and France,” it added.

Under the sandbox programme, tourists who have been inoculated against Covid-19 and test negative can fly into Phuket and move around freely in the province without having to quarantine.

After spending 14 days in Phuket, if they still test negative, the tourists can travel to other parts of Thailand.

Meanwhile, staff from Honeymoon Tour Ltd, an operator of boat services in Phuket, has said that tourists have been booking the company’s one-day trip almost every day at 1-2 trips per day since the start of the sandbox programme.

“Most of the tourists are visiting Koh Racha and Koh He,” he said.

“The number of tourists is a huge improvement. We hope the sandbox programme will be a step to recovering the economy, which relies on revenue from foreign tourists,” he added. -— The Nation/ANN

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