Surat Thani to earn B276million on vacation

Surat Thani to earn B276million on vacation

Mainland attractions popular with locals, number of foreign tourists remains low

Camping in Khao Sok National Park in Surat Thani is popular with many vacationers during the New Year period. (Photo: Supapong Chaolan)

SURAT THANI: The four-day New Years holiday period is expected to attract 31,740 visitors to Surat Thani province, generating 276 million baht in tourism revenue, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).

But overall tourism in the southern province known primarily for its islands remains low, with hotel room occupancy estimated at just 24% over the four-day long weekend.

When the islands that before the pandemic were teeming with foreigners at this time of year are included in the calculation, the TAT estimates that 31,740 vacationers will generate 276.2 million baht in revenue, said Nanthawan Siripokphat, director. from the TAT office in Surat Thani.

Many Thai tourists from Bangkok and other provinces were seen at the Ratchaprapa Dam, also known as the Cheow Lan Dam, in the Ban Ta Khun district on Saturday. Khong Phanom and Khao Sok National Parks in Phanom District were also popular. Over 30 resorts in Khao Sok have been fully booked through January 2. Other campsites have also attracted many tourists.

Kraisak Phutthasupa, owner of Khao Sok Green Valley Resort in tambon Khlong Sok, said the New Year’s holidays had helped revive local tourism, which had been struggling for two years because of Covid-19.

Although most visitors are Thais, and not foreigners who were a major source of tourists to Khao Sok before the pandemic, the outlook has improved dramatically, said Mr Kraisak, who is also public relations officer at the Khao Sok Tourism Operators Association.

Tourists line up at the Covid checkpoint at the Ratchaprapa Dam in Surat Thani on Saturday. (Photo: Supapong Chaolan)

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