Koh Samui tourism sees positive growth last year


KOH Samui’s tourism sector has been experiencing steady growth in 2015, with airport passenger arrivals growing by seven per cent to over one million, average daily rate (ADR) of hotels up by 12 per cent, and RevPAR increasing by 15 per cent, according to a report by consultancy C9 Hotelworks.

Favourable supply-and-demand conditions for hotels and the increase in passenger capacity from Bangkok Airways has largely contributed to the growth.

As well, despite concerns from industry players about Koh Samui’s Bangkok Airways-owned airport, the preventing of LCCs into the island has actually had a positive effect, serving to buffer Koh Samui’s tourism sector from mass market volatilities, the report explained.

Still, as tourists continue to visit in greater numbers, Koh Samui’s hotels are undergoing systematic improvements, with two of this year’s highlights including the completion of a US$20 million renovation of the Santiburi Beach Resort and the reopening of the overhauled Amari in Chaweng.

Samui International Airport is also in the early stages of a US$29.2 million expansion plan.

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