Surat Thani province has seen a surge in international arrivals this year, surpassing 1.5 million visitors in a 155% increase compared to the same period the previous year.
On Monday (29 May), Surat Thani Governor Witchawut Jinto announced that a total of 2.05 million visitors have arrived in the province since January, with foreign visitors accounting for the majority of this influx. The substantial rise in international arrivals has had a significant impact on the provincial economy. Foreign visitors alone have generated an impressive revenue of 35.9 billion baht, reflecting a remarkable 159% year-on-year increase.
Witchawut highlighted that these visitors primarily spend their money on various products and services such as accommodation, dining, souvenirs, entertainment activities, and transportation, thus contributing to the local economy and tourism industry.
The surge in visitors is also evident in the hotel occupancy rates, which have seen a substantial boost. Since the beginning of the year, the occupancy rate in Surat Thani has reached around 77%, representing an impressive 39% increase compared to the same period last year.
The local government and tourism authorities said they remain committed to further developing and promoting tourism in Surat Thani and the entire southern region. They also said they aim to ensure that visitors have unforgettable experiences while contributing to the nation’s economic growth.
The preceding is a press release from the Thai government.