Phuket has stated it is likely to see more than nine million people pass through its airport during this year.

Phuket is likely to see a strong increase in the number of passengers that pass through the airport this year, with it expected to see as many as nine million travellers to the end of 2012.

During April, the number of departures and arrivals at the airport increased by 17 per cent compared with the previous year, which was in turn up 24 per cent on the year before.

The increase is also boosted by the amount of international arrivals coming to the country, with international arrivals increasing by nine per cent during last month, taking them far ahead of those from domestic travellers.

While the numbers from Europe have started to slow, Chinese and Russian travellers are on the increase, with the numbers from Australia remaining high.

Phuket has long been one of the most popular places to visit in Thailand, with the location’s stunning beaches, great nightlife and wonderful culture all helping to attract visitors to spend time there.

Written by Ruth Norris

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