Thailand recorded 38.7 million baht of tourism spending from the Samui Plus Model after its debut in July as one of the country’s pilot plans to revive its battered tourism-reliant economy, the government said Thursday.
The Samui Plus Model was launched on July 15 to welcome vaccinated international tourists without quarantine following the blueprint Phuket Sandbox. Koh Phangan, Koh Tao and other Koh Samui’s minor islands are included in this scheme.
“There are 1,018 arrivals to Samui Plus Model” since the model started, said Deputy Public Health Minister Satit Pitutacha, with the majority coming from Europe.
Satit pointed out that the screening unit only detected five cases of Covid-19 from tourists, all of whom were quarantined and treated.
The island populations had a high vaccination rate of 70 per cent, he added.
The Tourism and Sports minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn said he expects Thailand’s foreign arrivals to rebound to 15 million in 2022, which will generate income of 600 billion baht.
Phiphat said that the reopening plan for Bangkok and other four provinces in November to vaccinated arrivals will continue unless a large Covid-19 cluster emerges in those areas.
For this year, the minister has projected tourism income from foreigners of 300 billion baht. The central bank’s most recent tourist arrival forecast in 2020 stood at 200,000.
Thailand saw 6.7 million visitors in 2020, mostly prior to the ban on international travel in March 2020 as the pandemic began to disrupt the world economy. The nation reported almost 40 million foreign arrivals in 2019.