All through the main period, Thailand was the pattern desired destination for a lengthy time, but now the popular getaway island of Ko Samui is functioning out of tourists and the experts speak about the tourism disaster. 7 out of ten beds were vacant in the past quarter of 2019.
The lodges are there, the beds are there. Ko Samui, the next-biggest island in Thailand, is all set for the travelers: Even so, not as lots of as envisioned are coming. In Oct, November and right up until 20 December, seven out of ten beds remained vacant, the occupancy level was only 30 per cent – 20 % fewer than in the last quarter of previous calendar year.
Even nevertheless Christmas and the early New Year stand for the major season and far more visitors normally appear at that time – the weak figures right up until December will not compensate for this. The forecast for the very first quarter has been decreased to an occupancy charge of 35 per cent – from 50 to 60 per cent past yr, says the president of the Ko Samui Tourism Affiliation, Vorasit Pongkumpunt.
For insiders, the tourism crisis has two explanations: on the one hand, too lots of accommodations have been crafted in the past decades, there is simply just an oversupply. And this year, 1,000 extra rooms will be added to the latest 30,000 or so – even though the amount of visitors is falling.
The other motive consists of the Thai forex, the baht, which is at the moment so robust that a lot of persons are opting for less costly locations these kinds of as Vietnam, the Philippines or Indonesia. This applies in particular to tourists from China. And Thais also choose other parts for vacations, for case in point, Japan, in particular at the change of the 12 months.
The Affiliation is, for that reason, waging a price tag war amongst the motels, wooing the remaining holidaymakers – which in switch could direct to layoffs and other social repercussions and issues. It, therefore, proposes a lower airport tax and discounted air tickets, in particular in the low period in Oct and November.
They also demand a pier wherever ferries and cruise ships could dock. In this way, 60 % of all tourists nonetheless arrive to Ko Samui: 62 cruise ships are scheduled to halt at the island in 2020.