PHUKET: Since Phuket’s emergence as a tourist destination in the 1980s, the island has maintained a remarkable ability to attract foreign visitors, through good times and bad. Apart from the 2004 tsunami disaster, few events – locally, nationally or globally – have been able to buck the trend in any appreciable way.

Despite a seemingly endless series of 'tourism threatening' issues over the years, Phuket's arrival figures have just continued to grow and grow.

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