Number of tourist arrivals in Koh Samui declines this year


SURAT THANI, 22 July 2014 – According to Thanongsak Somwong, the chairman of the Koh Samui Tourist Promotion Association, as of July 2014 the number of tourists visiting the famous Samui Island has declined by 20% compared to the same period last year.

Mr. Thanongsak reasoned that even though the military curfew in Koh Samui has been lifted since June 13th, many tourists still can not make up their minds whether to revisit the island again due to safety concerns.

He stated that at least 1.5 million tourists visited Koh Samui for the entire year of 2013. The number of tourists for this year so far, however, has only reached 900,000. Therefore, it is unlikely that the number of tourist arrivals at the famous island for the remainder of 2014 would match that of last year.