According to a Nation Thailand study, Phuket welcomed 150,596 guests over the weekend of May 13–16, generating 1.82 billion baht in tourism earnings. During such long holidays, the province’s occupancy rate was 44.46 percent. The Thai government is praising itself for easing entry restrictions, which authorities claim has increased tourism in regions like Phuket and Koh Samui. All of this is down to the government’s decision to relax travel restrictions during the country’s peak season, which runs from March to May.

According to Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana, a government spokeswoman, up to 10,000 foreign visitors enter the nation each day, albeit the days of large tour groups are past — at least for now. He predicts that occupancy rates would rise to 60 to 80 percent, especially in popular areas like Patong Beach and Phuket Old Town.

The prime minister also urged Thais to maintain a positive tourism image in order to boost the country’s economy and create income. Thailand’s tourism is evolving, with visitors arriving in small groups rather than large groups. Meanwhile, many tourists flocked to Koh Samui and Koh Phang Ngan for the famous Full Moon Party, boosting the local economy. PM Prayut Chan-o-cha, according to Thanakorn, has encouraged police and relevant agencies in tourism zones to ensure the safety of both Thai and foreign tourists.

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