The Phuket Tourist Association with the cooperation of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) organized the “Amazing New Chapter: Phuket Road Show to India 2022” in New Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore on 2nd, 4th, and 5th August 2022 respectively. There were 40 hospitality, travel, and tourism companies (sellers) from Phuket that attended the event, to reconnect and build new connections with the Indian travel agents.
The event was supported by Phuket Provincial Administration Organization with airlines partners including GoFirst, Thai Smile Airways, and AirAsia joining the event.
The welcome remarks at the Delhi event were given by H.E. Ms. Pattarat Hongtong, Ambassador of Thailand to India. Her Excellency said “Phuket is always the top destination in Thailand for most Indian visitors with stunning views of beautiful beaches, white sand and crystal clear blue sea, a perfect place for weddings, parties and family gatherings. The roadshow is another event that helps to strengthen stronger ties between the two countries, to become strategic partners at all levels, as this year marks the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between Thailand and India”.
“Indian market was a very high potential market for Phuket before the pandemic. The good news is that from May this year, India has been our number one market to Phuket” highlighted Mr. Anuparph Vachvanichsanong, Deputy Chief Executive of the Phuket Provincial Administration Organization.
Speaking at the Road Show in Mumbai, Mr. Tanes Petsuwan, Deputy Governor for International Market (Asia and South Pacific), Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) emphasized to all the outbound travel trade in India that “Once again, Thailand is now open without any restrictions. Travelling to Thailand is now as easy as the pre-COVID times with the same Visa on Arrivals facilities and process. For flights between India and Thailand as of now, there are 188 flights a week operating across India to Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang) and Phuket”.
From 1st January to 31st July 2022, Thailand welcomed more than 3 million travellers to the country. As such, India has also had a share of 10 percent of the overall number, which is more than 300,000 Indians that have visited Thailand, and out of this number, nearly 90,000 Indian tourists have travelled to Phuket. The Phuket road shows are being organized at the right time to prepare and boost the destination for the upcoming high season in India, that is during and after Diwali.