TO DISCUSS YOUR PROJECT OR LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR SERVICES:

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

New Greater Phuket Airport to Create Tourism Golden Triangle

Category: Tourism, Posted:27 May 2018 | 19:54 pm

An announcement by the Airports of Thailand (AoT) about approval of a plan for a new second Greater Phuket airport has created quite a stir in the tourism sector in one of Southeast Asia’s leading resort markets.

Located just over the Sarasin Bridge in Phang Nga’s Khok Kloi area, work is reportedly set to start in 2019 and complete by 2025.

The move is a highly logical one, given last year Phuket International Airport hosted 8.4 million passenger arrival and we are forecasting a sharp rise this year to 9.7 million.

A broader trend of developing more regional airports versus mega projects is a global trend and one only has to look at the trio of Bangkok gateways – Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang and U-Tapao which continue to post massive gains in airlift.

Looking at the big picture, a trio of Greater Phuket Airports – Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi will be able to accommodate tourism’s growing Andaman footprint and be able to move the Khao Lak market into the mainstream as airport access would drop to under an hour, door to door.

Krabi, which has quietly surpassed the over 2 million passenger arrival market and in 2017 hosted 4.3 million total passengers has a THB6.6 billion budget that includes a third terminal, upgrading of the existing two terminal and an additional car park. While Phuket falls under the AoT, Krabi is administered by Thailand’s Department of Airports (formerly DCA).

As to our prediction on what will be the biggest beneficiaries from the new airport, they’d include –

Mai Khao, which sits strategically between the current Phuket International Airport and Kho Kloi and will likely start to become a newly urbanized area given its large tracts of private and government controlled land banks.

Zoning on Phang Nga’s expansive west coast beach area from Natai to Thai Muang is expected to see changes soon with larger hotel development provisions. Expect the hotel to follow, given Phuket’s shrinking coastline opportunities. 

Thirdly is the increased access of Phang Nga Bay, which is witnessing a renaissance in luxury hotel offerings, expect the area which is shared by Phuket Phang Nga and Krabi province to be a strong part of the tourism Golden Triangle of Greater Phuket.

 

 

 

 

 

Other News

Read more

Thaiger Cage Hospitality Digital Pitch Event To Debut at Thailand Tourism Forum 2023

Category: Hotels|Tourism, Posted:26 Dec 2022 | 13:48 pm Leading Thai digital media outlet The Thaiger is launching a new start-up technology pitch event ‘The Thaiger Cage’ on 16th January 2023 at the Conrad Bangkok. It is a special prequel to the Thailand Tourism Forum (TTF) 2023, now in its twelfth year and widely considered to be the country’s leading annual hospitality event The […]
Read more

Could Thailand’s Southeast Coastal Gem Khanom Be The Next Koh Samui?

Category: Real estate|Tourism, Posted:23 Dec 2022 | 12:26 pm The search for the next big resort destination in Thailand is an absolutely big ask. An expansive country with 77 provinces and an amazing array of diverse geographical locations, Instagram-worthy aspects, and distinctly different nuances. Out of this brazen travel chaos, the endearing term ‘same same, but different’ was born and remains highly relevant. Yet, […]
Read more

Digital Homecare Platform SAIJAI Unveils “Hospitality Staffing” Solution as Hotels Grapples with Manpower Crisis

Category: Hotels, Posted:21 Dec 2022 | 12:21 pm The pandemic changed everything. It has been an accelerator but also a major change-maker for Thai service workers retrenched or “paused” during the three-years Covid crippled Thailand’s hospitality industry. Many who left the sector are now in great demand to return but there is a reluctance to do so on as the sector has simply […]
SiaJai logo

Thailand's Leading Homecare Marketplace