Samui returns as over 200,000 tourists visit the island in January

Published on 03/02/2023

Koh Samui in Surat Thani province, Thailand, experienced a major economic boost in January 2023, with over 200,000 tourists visiting the picturesque island. After a challenging year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the arrival of such a large number of tourists has provided a much-needed boost for the local economy. Governor Wichawut Jinto expressed his delight with the figures, stating that “Tourism was given a boost and this allows entrepreneurs to recover faster. Tourist arrivals help to generate income for (Koh Samui) communities. This is a good start for the tourism sector at the beginning of the year. Mr. Jinto also added that the high number of visitors demonstrates the high potential and popularity of attractions in Surat Thani.

The province of Surat Thani in Thailand has seen a surge in foreign visitors in January, including the island of Koh Samui, as well as Koh Pha Ngan, Koh Tao, Ratchaprapa Dam, and Khao Sok National Park. This increase in tourism has helped the local economy to recover, and it is hoped that this positive trend will persist throughout the year 2023, bringing much-needed relief to the island and its residents after a challenging period.

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