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Cruise ships save the day in Koh Samui

Jack Burton

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PHOTO: The cruise ship AIDAbella docks at Koh Samui yesterday - Supapong Chaolan, Bangkok Post

It’s Europeans to the rescue in Koh Samui, as the last group of Chinese tourists for the foreseeable future left on Tuesday. Two cruise ships brought thousands of European visitors yesterday to save this southern resort island’s struggling economy. About 3,500 passengers, mostly from Britain and Germany, arrived aboard the German-flagged AIDAbella and the British-registered Marella Discovery.

Groups of tourists visited all the major attractions including Chaweng beach, local temples, restaurants and souvenir shops, much to the relief of local businesses. Smiling shop owners say their arrival has revived Koh Samui.

Surat Thani’s governor says 11 cruise ships are expected to arrive in Koh Samui this month and will do much to compensate for the absence of Chinese visitors. Flights from China are suspended because China has stopped all outbound group travel.

The governor says visitors on yesterday’s arrivals were screened and no one was found infected with the Novel Coronavirus.

 

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

 

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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