No tourists will arrive in Koh Samui tomorrow, the first day of the island’s reopening under the “Samui Plus” travel scheme, similar to the “Phuket Sandbox.” Only 4 foreign tourists are expected on Friday. Tourism officials say it will be a slow start and they expect that an influx of travellers to the trio of islands in the Gulf of Thailand will be in a couple of months.
Tomorrow, the island will welcome 11 foreigners from media companies to promote the reopening scheme which allows tourists who are vaccinated against Covid-19 to enter the island without undergoing a 14-day quarantine. They’ll take a Bangkok Airways flight from the capital to Koh Samui. Chairperson of the Koh Samui Tourism Promotion Association says they don’t expect a lot of travellers to visit during the third quarter of the year given the rise in Covid-19 cases. More are expected in the fourth quarter.
“We do not expect a lot of travellers to visit Thailand in the third quarter this year as the rise in the country’s daily Covid-19 cases would affect their confidence… However, what we can do is start tourist operations in line with standard procedure in a bid to stimulate the country’s tourism.”
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SOURCE: Nation Thailand
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