Many visitors arrive at Koh Tao pier in Surat Thani province on Saturday, boosting tourism and the economy. Over the past nine months, Koh Tao received over 200,000 tourists, mostly foreigners. (Photo: Supapong Chaolan)
SURAT THANI: More than 200,000 tourists, mostly foreigners, visited Koh Tao, a popular attraction in this southern province, over the past nine months.
Surat Thani governor Witchawut Jinto said on Saturday that a total of 200,247 tourists visited Koh Tao from January to September. Of the tourist arrivals, 90% were foreigners who spent a long weekend on this popular tourist island.
During long holiday periods in April, July and August, the number of tourists to the island reached 30,000 to 35,000 people a month. They were mostly groups of Thai visitors from Bangkok and other regions who made hotel bookings in advance, said the governor.
He cited a report on tourist arrivals from the tourist assistance centre on Koh Tao.