Koh Samui wants extra direct flights to spice up post-pandemic recovery

Koh Samui Tourism Association chief is urging authorities to reinforce the island’s vacationer infrastructure and improve flight capability to spice up a full post-pandemic restoration of the popular vacation resort.
Association president Ratchaporn Poolsawadee revealed that solely 70% of unbiased hotels with three or four-star have resumed operations following the pandemic. This is due to gradual cash flow in comparability to hotels operated by worldwide chains. In Cancel anytime , resuming resort operations can cost as a lot as beginning a model new enterprise, reported Bangkok Post.
The limited seat capability on flights to the island has additionally impacted the market, with only 30 to forty four flights per day serving routes to Koh Samui. Ratchaporn is asking for the number of flights to return to pre-pandemic ranges of fifty per day, to attract extra vacationers to the island.
While Koh Samui lately welcomed the first Chinese groups through chartered flights from Chengdu, Ratchaporn famous that pricey airfares to the island imply that the majority Chinese vacationers are more doubtless to be independent travellers. He added that the island is at present facing points with tourism congestion in certain areas, such as Bo Put and Chaweng, with lodge bookings in these areas much stronger than in others.
Ratchaporn highlighted that one of the largest challenges is stimulating vacationer move to different beaches and equipping local operators with advertising expertise. Ratchaporn said…
“The public sector ought to strictly regulate safety and safety measures for tourists, including stopping taxi scams and road accidents.
“The building of mass transport networks can additionally be needed because it could assist entice new investment sooner or later.”
At ITB Berlin 2023, Ratchaporn revealed that 27 tourism operators from Surat Thani joined the event. He highlighted that Koh Samui tourism is concentrating on Europe, with a focus on the Benelux countries (Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg), Germany, France, the UK and Russia.
Ratchaporn said lodge operators on the island are targetting for a 50-60% occupancy fee this month, after a surge to 80-90% in the first two months of the year, mainly because of friends arriving from France, Germany, the UK and Russia. He added that the typical room price in Koh Samui is presently 10-20% decrease than the extent recorded before the pandemic.
Meanwhile, Vijvut Tjinto, Governor of Surat Thani, expects vacationer arrivals on the three islands of Koh Samui, Koh Pha Ngan and Koh Tao to get well to pre-pandemic levels of 2.5 million this yr. Myths will be pushed by pent-up demand and a gradual increase in flights to Samui and Surat Thani, he defined.
Vijvut additionally noted that the province is working with the Department of Employment to recruit employees who left the trade during the pandemic, in an effort to resolve labour shortages.
The governor emphasized that the province follows security standards and offers security providers to vacationers, including at the well-known Full Moon parties on Koh Pha Ngan..

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