Prateep Jongthong, the president of Trang Tourism Association, said although hotel room, tour boats and restaurants during the year-end holidays have been nearly fully booked, the number of tourists expected during the peak season is lower this year when compared to the figure reported in 2013.
Prateep believed the ongoing political upheaval in several provinces is the key reason that keeps visitors away from the South. Moreover, the cold spell in the North has attracted more local tourists to the region.
Trang is on the Andaman Sea's shoreline and its tourism season usually lasts from October to April; however, this year the number of tourists visiting the province during the months of October to December was lower than expected. The association is pinning its hope on the remaining four months - Janunary to April- that business will pick up.