Samui expects surge in Chinese tourists

Samui expects surge in Chinese tourists
Samui expects surge in Chinese tourists
On Thursday, visitors from China and the West stroll along Koh Samui’s shore. ( Image taken by Supapong Chaolan )

Looking THANI: The visa-free program and the forthcoming Lunar New Year are expected to significantly increase Chinese visitor arrivals on Koh Samui this month, according to the Thai Tourism Authority.

The president’s visa-waiver news, according to Kanokkittika Kritwuthikorn, TAT director for Koh Samui, has had a positive effect on the tourism industry there. On February 1, a direct journey from China carrying 138 tourists touched down in Samui. In February, she anticipates at least 5,000 Foreign visitors to the beach. &nbsp,

Bangkok Airways may improve direct flights from Chongqing and Chengdu in west China to Koh Samui to four times a week on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday during the Chinese New Year celebrations. In January, about 4, 000 Taiwanese tourists traveled to the beach. &nbsp,

On the Taiwanese travel agency Hotels, Samui is the third most popular destination, followed by Bangkok, Phuket, and Chiang Mai, with Pattaya coming in second.

After Thailand and China signed a joint visa-exemption arrangement that will go into effect on March 1, according to Mrs. Kanokkittika, searches related to the five popular sites on CTRIP increased tenfold. The agreement is valid for both visas issued for recognized purposes and those with regular passport status.

According to Mrs. Kanokkittika, the Tourism Association of Koh Samui’s advertising campaigns and conferences between regional tourism technicians and those in Chongqing and Chengdu are also contributing factors to the popularity of Samudi among Chinese tourists.