Samui stages big cleanup

25 Apr 2011

Following extensive flooding late last month, authorities on Koh Samui organised a cleanup, which took place yesterday. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) led local tourist related businesses in a tidy up campaign that targeted Samui’s beaches and roads.

Torrential rain and flooding on the island between 26 and 28 March saw the ground floors of many buildings submerged, roads impassable and debris deposited in numerous locations. Samui Airport was one of several airports in the south that had to close to flights due to the bad weather.

The airport closure and suspension of ferry services to the mainland and the nearby islands of Koh Tao and Koh Phangan left tourists stranded. A military aircraft carrier was used to evacuate 800 tourists and residents from flooded regions on the islands.

TAT were joined in yesterday’s action by Bangkok Airways, Samui District Council, the local branch of the Thai Hotel Association and local tour agencies. The event has removed the last vestiges of flood damage and all roads and access routes are back to normal.  

Authorities hope that visitor numbers will now return to normal after a significant 40 per cent drop over the annual Songkran Festival between 12 and 16 April. On 26 May, TAT is staging the Amazing Coasts South travel fair at Bangkok’s Queen Sirikit Centre, which will promote Samui and other southern Thai resorts.   

In conjunction with the event, TAT is setting up a website specifically to deal with travel enquiries about the south of Thailand. The site is www.travelsouththailand.com.  

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