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Published on : Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Koh Samui, the largest island in the province of Surat Thani, Thailand is all set to become a cruise ship port thereby developing as a major cruise tourism hub for the country, according to a decision by the government officials of Thailand.
On Sunday, experts of private sector cruise ships met with some government officials as they visited a cruise ship that was placed near the gulf coast of Samui. This tour follows the announcement of the Bangkok government that it has planned to construct a cruise port on Koh Samui.
Pataraporn Sithivanich, executive director, Tourism Authority of Thailand said that Samui did not possess any ports that would have a sufficient depth to deal with large cruise ships. Therefore, he said that cruise ships would be compelled to anchor at a distance of nearly five kilometers away from the coast. This would make the process of transporting travellers from the ship to land a bit time-consuming.
Sithivanich also added that the number of passengers of the cruise ships would escalate to 3,000 right from 1,000 every year, according to the estimates of the Tourism Authority of Thailand.
Wattana Choksuvanich, general manager, EAS Maritime Agencies said that the growth of cruise tourism makes it necessary for the creation of brand new infrastructure projects on Koh Samui island.
He said that it would be wonderful to build a cruise port on Koh Samui since it would trigger an improvement in the tourist locales, public toilets as well as the roads of the island. Mr. Wattana declared that he has been estimating that travellers visiting this part of the world might be spending 5,000 baht each.
He then said that if a certain cruise ship has 3,000 tourist docks, they would be capable of collecting at least 15 million baht from just a single ship.
He concluded by saying that Koh Samui would develop as a major cruise center for the Gulf of Thailand and it would have transfers to Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Chonburi and Bangkok.