Phuket feels impact of US-China trade war as popular Thai resort struggles amid fewer mainland tourists, stronger baht

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Hotels on Thailand’s most popular holiday island have been forced to slash prices with rooms left vacant and beaches sparse as tourist chiefs struggle with a plunge in Chinese visitors caused by the US trade war and a stronger baht.Located on the Andaman Sea and known for its beaches and nightlife, sun-drenched Phuket was the most visited destination in the country last year after Bangkok and a good gauge of the state of its crucial travel industry.Tourism accounts for 18 per cent of Thailand’s…

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