Find our most recent stories tagged by their locations. Click here for more story locations.
Posted: 14 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
Surat Thani airport emerging as second 'Plan B' island gateway. Triple digit growth of Chinese and Russian travelers.
In 2013, Samui saw a record high 1.7 million travelers visit to the island. Foreign visitors account for 88% of the total market, with nearly half coming from Western Europe.
A key stimulator of demand has been the rising prominence of Surat Thani airport as a second gateway to Samui. Passenger arrivals substantially grew at 38% and 32% in 2012 and 2013. Low-cost airlines and non-scheduled flights (charters) are lead indicators pushing up airlift. While Samui's airport capacity hit 86% in 2013, the second mainland gateway has the ability to drive numbers up.
Hotels across the island enjoyed an upswing in performance during the year. Room night demand and average daily rates increased at 5% and 7% over 2012. The key metric of RevPAR registered double digit growth of 14% spurred by higher room rates.
The island landscape is seeing a growing impact from the mass tourism sector, mainly from China and Russia. In 2013, these markets shot up by 127% and 171%, compared to 2012. It remains to be seen if the shift will be sustained or is a cyclical trading pattern.
To read the full report CLICK
A column featuring environmental issues and conservation around the island. Click here for more Green Reports check out the latest story from the leading experts:
As the drive for micro homes or mini dwellings continues often using recycled restructure a new venture in Vancouver Canada is providing an after-market storage solution.
One Phuket sustainable initiative that often is overlooked in the island's Big Tree Club.
Library of published hospitality, tourism and property market intelligence.
Phuket tourism trends with C9 Hotelworks
PHUKET GAZETTETourism's Disruptive Behavior
PROPERTY REPORT SOUTH EAST ASIAGhost In The Machine