Tourists walk along Patong beach on the island of Phuket, Thailand. This year, India has become the leading source of tourists to the popular island.
On May 1, Thailand scrapped its “Test and Go” entry scheme involving mandatory RT-PCR tests and up to two nights of quarantine in order to boost the recovery of the country’s tourism industry. Shortly after this change, India had emerged as the leading source of foreign tourists to Phuket, Thailand’s world-renowned resort island.
The five-month arrival record updated by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) further highlights India’s expanding presence in Thailand’s tourism scene. Data from January 1 until May 24 confirms that Indians have so far this year made up the largest proportion of foreign arrivals to Thailand at 100,884 visitors, surpassing Britons (89,745) and Germans (74,104). With the removal of all quarantine requirements for…