The number of people taking holidays in Phuket from China increased sharply during 2011.

Travellers on flights to Phuket could find that the destination is also a very popular one among holidaymakers from China, as the number of visitors from the country rose in 2011.

In total, the number of people from China who decided to spend time in the city during last year doubled compared with 2010 figures, the Phuket Tourist Association reported.

Around 300,000 Chinese nationals visited the city last year, with direct flights now offered to Phuket from the nation.

Somboon Jirayoot, president of the PTA, called for there to be a Chinese consulate in the region.

”The Chinese market is sensitive and if there was a consulate here, at least there would be a better understanding of what was happening on Phuket,” he added.

Some people taking flights to Phuket could see an improvement in some of the city’s most famous landmarks as a series of restoration projects is set to begin.

Written by Anthony Nicholson

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