Thai Resort Town Struggles to Revive Tourism

A Thai Father and Son at Patong Beach in Phuket, Thailand i i

hide captionA Thai father talks to his son at Patong Beach in Phuket, Thailand. While locals who rely on tourist income are struggling, the government must decide how to spend money: on tourism development or the immediate needs of local businessmen.

Doualy Xaykaothao, NPR
A Thai Father and Son at Patong Beach in Phuket, Thailand

A Thai father talks to his son at Patong Beach in Phuket, Thailand. While locals who rely on tourist income are struggling, the government must decide how to spend money: on tourism development or the immediate needs of local businessmen.

Doualy Xaykaothao, NPR

Six months after a tsunami struck the region, tourism in the Thai resort town of Phuket has yet to rebound. Tourist revenue — the community's lifeblood — is down by half. Hotel rooms remain empty, while scores of airlines have ended or cut back service.

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