Special tourist visa to revive Phuket property market

Businesses hope the opening up of Phuket for tourists will help the slumping property sector. (Bangkok Post file photo)

A plan to gradually open the country to tourists will be a boon for property sales in Phuket, following a slump due to travel restrictions that keep travellers at home, according to an online property marketplace.

Stuart Coakley, director of the Property Discount Centre Thailand, applauded the government’s decision to welcome tourists under the special tourism visa scheme, saying it was “positive news” to the property market on the resort island and other locations.

Phuket is one of the destinations for foreign touirsts under the special programme. The first group of 120 tourists from Guangzhou will arrive on the island after the end of the vegetarian festival on Sunday, according to the…

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