The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has announced since the launch of the Samui Plus programme to fully vaccinated international travellers with no need to quarantine on 15 July, 2021, the number of arrivals to Samui through to 20 September totalled 786, resulting in 9,823 room nights and THB 58.90 million in revenue.
Most of these arrivals were from European countries with the top three source markets being France with 136 arrivals, Germany with 119 arrivals, and the UK with 105 arrivals. Other markets included the Netherlands, the USA, Switzerland, Italy, Poland, Hong Kong, and Japan.
During the period, Bangkok Airways’ 132 sealed route flights between Samui and Bangkok helped facilitate transit/transfer passengers under the Samui Plus programme connecting through the Thai capital.
In addition, since the launch of the Phuket Sandbox 7+7 Extension programme on 16 August, 2021, international travellers have been able to continue their trip to Samui after first staying seven nights in Phuket. Through to 20 September, 2021, a total of 232 visitors have extended their trip via Bangkok Airways’ 16 sealed route flights between Samui and Phuket, which resulted in 1,245 additional room nights and 7.46 million Baht in revenue.
Moreover, during 15 July and 20 September, Samui also welcomed 575 international travellers who have completed a 14-night mandatory stay in Phuket under the Sandbox programme.
Samui Plus has currently recorded 11,062 room nights on the books from 855 visitors up until 10 December. Separately, there are advance bookings for 3,141 room nights from 490 visitors under the Phuket Sandbox 7+7 Extension up until 27 November.