Krisada Tansakul, president of the THA Southern Chapter, said the political crisis has not hindered tourism in Phuket which has enjoyed continued growth since early this year.
He said hotel occupancy will drop slightly after the Songkran festival but tourists from neighboring countries including China, Australia, Singapore and Malaysia will continue coming, contributing to an overall positive trend for the entire year.
Hotel bookings this year have improved compared to last year and a survey by the THA Southern Chapter found a 60-70 percent occupancy rate for three- and four-star hotels, he said.
He said the association has cooperated with tourism-related businesses in penetrating overseas markets by organizing road shows to Beijing, Shanghai and other Chinese cities late this month, and to Sapporo, Hokkaido of Japan in June.
There will be major events during the year-end high tourism season, he said, adding that many tourists fly directly to Phuket without making a stopover in Bangkok.