Samui to host first post-lockdown domestic travel promotion
Bangkok, 03 July, 2020 – Ko Samui, one of Thailand’s most popular beach resort destinations, is holding Thailand’s first domestic travel promotion event between 3-5 July, 2020, at Eden Zone, 3rd floor, Central World, Bangkok, which is for both Thais and expats in the country.
Under the branding campaign slogan of “Samui Unlock Sale”, the event is being organisd by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Ko Samui Office, Tourism Association of Ko Samui, Thai Hotel Association Southern Chapter – East Coast, Samui Spa Association, Bangkok Airways and alliances.
Representatives of 24 paricipating establishments, including hotels, marine tourism operators, and health and wellness facilities are exhibiting at the event offering a wide range of discounts and special deals.
The opening ceremony was attended by Mr. Nithi Siprae, (TAT), Mr. Thiraphong Chuaichu, Sheriff of Ko Samui, Surat Thani province, Mr. Worasit Phongkhamphan, President of Ko Samui Tourism Promotion Association, Ms. Plernpis Kosolutasarn, Director – Event Marketing and Tourism Associate, Bangkok Airways and Dr. Nattakit Tangpoonsinthana, Executive Vice President Marketing Division, Central Pattana Public Company Limited.
TAT Deputy Governor for Marketing Mr. Tanes Petsuwan said it was the first such promotion organised by a Thai tourism destination after the easing of nationwide lockdowns. He said it will be perfectly in line with the TAT’s campaign to promote domestic tourism in the July-October period.
At the promotional event, special discounts of up to 70% are being offered on airfares to/from Samui, with starts at 4,400 Baht. Special prices are also being offered for marine tours, travel packages, car rentals and accommodation.
Those who make hotel and air bookings at the event will receive a 100 Baht voucher from the Central Department Store (CentralFestival Samui Branch) (maximum 2 vouchers per 1 reward / 1 air ticket of Bangkok Airways). It can be used to get discounts for every 1,000 Baht spent at CentralFestival Samui (Deadline: 30 November, 2020).
Due to the COVID-19 lockdown measures, Ko Samui has seen a revival of its natural and marine environment. Sea turtles have been spotted laying their eggs in 18 nesting areas, especially in the Maret sub-district, Taling Ngam sub-district from Laem So Beach until Thong Takian Bay. Hundreds of hornbills have also been sighted on Ko Phaluai.
Major tourist attractions in the area; such as, Laem So Chedi, Wat Samret, and the Grandpa and Grandma Rocks, all from Lamai Beach, the famous spots of Ko Samui. Visitors will also be able to avail of island cruises, excursions to Ko Tan, and exploration of bat caves.
Other experiences include photo opportunities with the famous pig in Ko Madsum, watching the dolphins swimming along the ferry route Samui-Phangan-Tao, and enjoying the fresh air and beauty of Ang Thong National Park.
Samui Airport has resumed normal operations in strict compliance with the safety measures and social distancing guidelines for all passengers and staff set by the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) and the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT). These include passengers and staff screening, health and body temperature checks, staff wearing protective masks at all times when on duty, and social distancing arrangements at all service areas.
The promotions are valid for the period between July-October 2020. Further details can be found at the Ko Samui Tourism Promotion Association www.samuitaks.org. For more information, call the TAT Ko Samui Office at +66 (0) 7742-0720, 7742-0504, or follow Facebook Fanpage: TAT KOH SAMUI.
Located roughly 700 kms south of Bangkok and 35 kms off the coast of Surat Thani, Ko Samui is one of Asia’s and indeed the world’s favourite resort islands, going by the various readers’ choice awards and other international accolades bestowed upon it over the years.