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Thai Resort Town Struggles to Revive Tourism

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Thai Resort Town Struggles to Revive Tourism

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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 hide caption

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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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