Wave of New Flights Driving Laguna Phuket's Visitor Growth
Laguna Phuket, the paradise Thai island’s largest destination resort, has welcomed a wave of new and increased flights from airlines in Russia, China, Australia and Qatar in the Middle East that is expected to drive a surge in tourism during the coming high season
Michael Ayling, managing director of Laguna Resorts & Hotels said:
The new Phuket flights are with: Qatar Airways, which launches a daily service from Doha via Kuala Lumpur on 11 October; Hainan Airlines, the first domestic Chinese carrier to fly direct to the island from Beijing with a
Russian tour operator Pegas Touristik is increasing charter flights to Bangkok and Phuket from eight Russian cities and Thai Airways’ winter schedule will increase flights between Bangkok and Moscow from three
In Australia, Pacific Blue, the low-cost carrier in the Virgin Blue group, has increased scheduled direct flights from two to three a week between Perth and Phuket; and Qantas subsidiary Jetstar will raise the frequency
In addition, from November through March 2011 Thai Airways will operate seven flights a week from Perth via Phuket to Bangkok; 10 flights a week between Melbourne and Bangkok; and three flights a week from
Mr. Ayling said: “The success of our established visitor markets like Australia and growing ones such as Russia, China and the Middle East depend on airline links that offer choice and flexibility. It’s extremely
Australia is a major source of guests for Laguna Phuket, a resort of seven deluxe hotel and villa properties on tropical beachfront land on the northwest coast of the island. In the first quarter of 2010 Australians were
Russia, China and the Middle East are also important and growing guest sources for the resort. In the first quarter of 2010 Russian guests ranked first and Chinese guests fifth by geographic markets; a strong showing for China as this period is usually dominated by European guests. Russia has been in the top three of Laguna Phuket inbound visitors for 2007-2009.
An indication of the importance of emerging markets like China and the Middle East is also evident in Laguna Phuket’s first quarter 2010 room figures. Chinese guests numbered 3,367 during this period and Middle
Increased flights from Russia, China and the Middle East aligns with the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s forecasts for 2010, which specifically target these three areas, amongst others such as the UK, the
Laguna Phuket is Asia’s finest destination resort – a collection of deluxe hotels and villas including Banyan Tree Phuket, Angsana Laguna Phuket, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket, Laguna Beach Resort, Outrigger Laguna Phuket Resort & Villas, Best Western Allamanda Laguna Phuket, and Laguna Holiday Club Resort - all sharing 1,000 acres of tropical parkland and three kilometres of beach frontage with Laguna Phuket Golf Club, Canal Shopping Village, Banyan Tree Spa, four Angsana Spas, Laguna Wedding Chapel, the Quest team building facility, and Latitude, a unique stand-alone function venue.