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Thai Airways Launches New Direct Phuket Flight From Beijing

A new flight path between Phuket and Beijing has been launched to cater for the continued growing demand from Chinese tourists who want to visit the island, according to the Phuket News.

The inaugural Thai Airways flight from the Chinese capital to Phuket International Airport touched down on March 27th for the first time. The new route will offer a direct connection between Beijing and Phuket, four times per week.

The first flight brought with it a consortium of tour and travel operators to sample the best of Phuket’s tourism sector and help promote the island as a destination to Chinese holidaymakers. Phuket has long been one of Thailand’s tourism hotspots, and has been growing in popularity with the Chinese market for some time.

“This new [Thai Airways] route is vital as Phuket becomes even more popular with tourists and travellers from China who can now conveniently come here for weekends,” Bangornrat Chinaprayoon, director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) office in Beijing. “They know they’ll find the world’s best beaches, a warm welcome, and unique local experiences that will provide amazing memories.”

“Phuket is a high quality, must-see tropical destination and this new air access will allow tourist from our largest market to fly here directly with no hassles and start enjoying the beach and local culture as soon as they touch down.”

The new flight path is being promoted under the “Phuket Express” marketing campaign, which highlights the convenience of travelling directly from mainland China to Phuket. Incoming flights from Beijing will run on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, while outgoing flights from Phuket will operate on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. This means that visitors can travel to Phuket for long weekends, or longer vacations. The flight time is approximately five hours and 35 minutes.

China is one of Thailand’s chief tourism markets, with a large number of Chinese visitors heading to the Kingdom each year – especially during special festivals like Chinese New Year, which takes place in early February and Golden Week in October. In 2017, Thailand is expected to welcome a minimum of nine million visitors from China, generating THB570 billion (US$16 billion) in revenue.

From its glorious beaches to the quaint coloured shop houses in Phuket Old Town, Phuket has plenty of attractions to entice visitors from across the world. The island’s long Sino-Portuguese heritage means that the visit is often particularly special for visitors from China.

As well as the island’s cultural attractions, world-class accommodation options are also enticing visitors from China – especially Phuket’s wealth of luxury private villas.

Featuring private swimming pools, beach access and impeccable service, Phuket’s private villas are growing in popularity amongst discerning independent travellers on the lookout for boutique accommodation options. Chinese visitors are increasingly booking luxury villa accommodation whilst on Phuket. With growing demand for the island supported by the new Phuket-Beijing flight path, demand for Phuket’s lavish private villas is also expected to increase.

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