Phuket development powers ahead

Thai island to add 4,918 new hotel rooms by 2011

Phuket will see its hotel stock increase by more than 10%, with the addition of 4,918 rooms in the next three years despite the economic downturn, according to new research.

Thirty new properties are at various stages of development on the Thai island and are due to open by 2011, research by Thailand hospitality consulting firm, C9 Hotelworks reports.

2009 is set to see the largest surge in supply, with 38% or 1,850 new rooms scheduled to open.

According to C9 Hotelworks, a large proportion of the new hotels will be in the upscale and luxury category.

"Branding of hotels is also on the rise with 27 of the 30 hotels operated by international, regional and domestic chains," said C9 Hotelworks managing director Bill Barnett.

"Thailand based brands such as Anantara and Centara are growing at a rapid pace and regional chains such as Langham are now expanding into the country."

There are currently almost 40,000 rooms on Phuket, ranging from guest houses through to branded hotels.

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