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Thailand Sees Chinese Leading Tourists to Phuket After Reopening

Empty beaches in Phuket at the end of 2020. 

Empty beaches in Phuket at the end of 2020. 

Photographer: Taylor Weidman/Bloomberg

Thailand expects about two million foreign tourists, mostly Chinese and Europeans, to visit Phuket this year after the nation’s most popular resort island reopens to vaccinated visitors from July 1.

The holidaymakers may generate about 105 billion baht ($3.4 billion) in revenue in the second half, according to Vichit Prakobgosol, vice president of the Tourism Council of Thailand. It will be the first time in more than a year that the island allows visitors without the mandatory two-week quarantine.