1,000 visitors to Samui since July 15th


1,000 visitors to Samui since July 15th

Most travelers from Phuket sandpit

More than 1,000 travelers have set foot on Koh Samui since the Samui Plus Model program was launched to reopen the island on July 15, Surat Thani Governor Witchawut Jinto said yesterday.

The program, which covers Koh Samui and the nearby popular islands of Koh Phangan and Koh Tao, has welcomed overseas visitors mainly from the Phuket sandpit program. On Monday, the program welcomed 62 visitors, 45 of whom came from the Phuket sandpit.

Onward travel to Koh Samui from Phuket was placed under the Phuket Extension Program.

Records show that 10,485 overnight stays have been booked on Koh Samui by foreign visitors arriving in both the Samui Plus and Samui Extension programs, according to Witchawut.

Since Samui Plus launched, the island has welcomed 1,058 visitors who have booked rooms at 15 hotels.

Since the Samui Plus program was launched, there have been 110 domestic flights picking up visitors from either Phuket Airport or Suvarnabhumi Airport.

The island has received a steady stream of hotel bookings as tourists have spent around 41 million baht during their travels around Koh Samui, according to the governor.

Under Samui Plus there were 117 arrivals from France, 96 from Germany, 95 from Great Britain, 34 from the USA, 32 from the Netherlands, 22 from Italy, 19 from Switzerland, 14 from Poland, 13 from Hong Kong and 11 from Japan. No infections were found in the visitors.

Mr Witchawut said the Thai Tourism Authority (TAT) and related agencies are considering expanding the Samui Plus program to include Khao Sok National Park and Rajjaprabha Dam in Surat Thani.

The excursions are offered to tourists after a week’s stay on the island. Visitors can travel to attractions on the sealed routes pre-arranged by tourism authorities, he said.

In Phuket, the daily Covid-19 case count is expected to be over 200 for at least a week, according to Kusak Kukiatkul, chief of the province’s public health department.

He said the new cases caused by the Delta variant were triggered by large clusters of infections detected through mass testing. The office estimated that between 2,000 and 3,000 people are at risk of contracting the virus, adding that the infection curve is likely to decline after two weeks.

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