Th first two Bangkok airways flights landed in Koh Samui yesterday carrying 60 local and 9 foreign media representatives under the Samui Plus scheme. The nine foreign media are believed to be from Hong Kong, France, Germany, Singapore, and the UK.
“The reopening of Samui, Koh Pha-ngan, and Koh Tao to tourism is another significant step toward achieving the Thai Prime Minister’s recently announced policy of reopening the whole country within 120 days, or by the end of October. Phuket is already open as the pilot destination, and other destinations will follow in the scheduled order with carefully planned disease control and public health measures, travel procedures, and the right tourism marketing all being addressed.”H.E. Mr. Phipat Ratchakitprakarn, Thailand Minister of Tourism and Sport
The Samui Plus scheme is designed to allow fully vaccinated travellers, from approved countries, to visit Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao without the need for a full quarantine. It is scheduled to run until the end of 2021 at which point it is hoped more normal travel measures will be able to restart.
“Surat Thani’s tourism sector together with the provincial authorities are committed to seeing that Samui Plus visitors enjoy a memorable holiday. This can be seen in the dedicated efforts made by all parties involved leading up to the destination’s reopening; such as, the arranging of preventive measures against COVID-19 and the vaccination programme for the local Samui people.”Mr. Vijvut Tyinto, Governor Surat Thai Province
Around 1,000 are expected to visit the islands during the first month as the scheme has a slow start, recently dubbed a “soft launch”.
“On behalf of the people in Koh Samui, Koh Pha-ngan, and Koh Tao, we’re ready to welcome both Thai and international tourists back to these three beautiful islands again. Please come and enjoy your quality time among all this wonderful scenery, experience some exciting activities, enjoy a lot of tasty dishes, as well as our warm hospitality. We hope the Samui Plus model will bring vitalisation and a lively ambience to Koh Samui, Koh Pha-ngan and Koh Tao again.”Mr. ratchaporn Poolsawadee, President Tourism Association of Koh Samui
“With the Phuket Sandbox and Samui Plus programmes now both in effect, more of the legendary tourism appeal that has made Thailand such a beloved destination for travellers the world over can again be enjoyed. The gorgeous islands of Samui, Koh Pha-ngan, and Koh Tao are among the best beach resorts in Asia, and it is fantastic to see these welcoming tourists again.”Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor
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