Two girls play on a Koh Samui beach in Surat Thani province in this undated photo distributed by the Samui office of the Tourism Authority of Thailand.
SURAT THANI: A total of 711 foreign tourists have arrived on three islands under the Samui Plus program in the past 60 days and have spent more than 47 million baht, according to official figures.
Surat Thani Governor Wichawut Jinto said on Friday that tourism to the “Mu Koh Thalae Tai (South Sea Islands) of Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao” had restarted since the launch of the Samui Plus model. July 15th.
As of September 15, a total of 711 foreign tourists have arrived in Koh Samui. Fifty-five of them crossed to Koh Phangan and 31 others to Koh Tao.
The largest numbers were from France (127), Germany (105) and the UK (102), Mr Wichawut said.
From July 15 to September 15, these tourists had spent 8,966 overnight stays in hotels. Their spending during the period totaled more than 47 million baht, the governor of Surat Thani said.
In addition to the Samui Plus model, there were 479 tourists under the Phuket Sandbox and 147 under the Phuket Extension 7 + 7 program arriving in Koh Samui with hotel reservations for 759 nights.
The three tourism stimulus programs attracted 1,335 tourists on 113 flights from Suvarnabhumi to Samui and from Phuket to Samui.
â796 other foreign tourists made hotel reservations in advance under the Samui Plus model for a total of 10,269 nights, and 476 other tourists under the Phuket 7 + 7 extension for a total of 3,033 nights, or 13,302 overnight stays in total.
“These tourism stimulus programs will help revive the tourism economy and generate jobs and income for local residents,” Wichawut said.