the early 1980's, tourism has been Phuket's
chief source of income. Hotels,
companies, and souvenir shops are much in
evidence on the west coast. However, while once
all-important tin mining has ceased, tourism
is by no means the island's only
remains important to a large proportion
of Phuket's people, and much of the island's
land area is dedicated to the principal
crops of rubber, coconuts, cashews, and pineapples.
Prawn farming is widespread
on the east and south coasts.
farming is also important, while Phuket's
fishing port is always busy. In fact, the processing
of marine products, mainly fish, makes a significant
contribution to the economy.
With so many healthy industries, generating
considerable income for the island, construction
has become a major factor in employment. Projects
range from massive public works, large office
buildings and hotels,
to housing estates with hundreds of units, single
family homes and apartments.