SATUN – Thailand’s Satun province is anticipating more tourists this high season as major beach attractions at Tarutao National Marine Park have reopened after a five-month closure for rehabilitation.
According to Samart Jaroenrit, president of the Tourism Association of Satun and acting president of the Tourism Council of Satun, the re-opening of the national marine park will likely mean “more tourism opportunities” for the province’ operators.
Mr Jaroenrit predicted that arrivals in Koh Lipe, a favourite destination in Satun, will likely see an increase of 8-10% this high season (Nov 2019 to Apr 2020) from about 400,000 tourists last year.
While 70% of tourists in Satun are Thais, Malaysia is the key international market, followed by Germany, Britain and Singapore, reported Bangkok Post.
In addition to road and air transport from Hat Yai and Trang, tourists can head to Koh Lipe via ferry from Malaysia’s Langkawi.
To encourage more tourists, Tourism Authoriy of Thailand’s director of Satun office Panu Woramit said they will be focusing more on year-round attractions on the mainland. For instance, educational and adventure tourism in Satun Unesco Global Geopark – Thailand’s first designated global geopark, which was designated in April 2018.