Southern Shores Remain Thailand’s Top Tourist Destination
Phuket, Krabi, Koh Samui and Thailand’s Southern seaside resorts have attracted consistently high numbers of tourists in the first quarter of 2014 according to recent figures released from the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).
Hotels in the most popular destinations are reporting occupancy rates of 78 per cent for international tourist from January-March. In Krabi and Phang Nga, hotels reported occupancy rates hovering at 75 per cent and 78 per cent. Many attribute the healthy occupancy rates to the enduring popularity of islands in Krabi; such as, Ao Maya, Koh Phi Phi, Koh Hong and Hat Railay, which are active with local and international tourists especially during the long public holidays.
Mr. Thawatchai Arunyik, TAT Governor said, “The figures speak for themselves, Thailand remains a popular and welcoming tourist destination. Our Southern provinces, in particular Phuket, Krabi and Samui, have seen an increasing number of domestic and international direct flights, meaning that foreign visitors and locals alike can cut down the travelling time (needed to travel via Bangkok) to Southern resorts and enjoy our pristine beaches and islands for weekends as well as for longer stays.”
Resorts in Phuket reported very high occupancy rates and great numbers of overseas visitors for the first quarter of 2014. Phang Nga, just a one hour drive from Phuket, reported that 90 per cent of their visitors were from overseas, with tourists from Germany topping the rank in terms of arrivals, followed by visitors from Scandinavia and other European countries. Phang Nga boasts approximately 5,000 visitors a day while Koh Khai saw some 3,000 visitors per day with Koh Ta Chai attracting some 400 daily visitors.
Surat Thani, the governing region of the increasingly popular island destinations of Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao, is also attracting an increasing number of meetings and incentives travellers and stop-over tourists. These visitors are looking to continue their journey to other destinations, including the beautiful islands of Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao. Surat Thani’s Ratchaprapa Dam and water reservoir, farm stays and important religious sites still attract a substantial number of local and international tourists. Occupancy rate for hotels in this area are a staggering 95 per cent.