A report by C9 Hotelworks shows that hotels in resort island of Samui in Thailand, especially the less luxurious ones, have been greatly benefited by the increase of flight connectivity to there. In the first half of 2016, there has been a growth of 18 per cent of international arrivals. The majority of the increase come from China and Australia.
Because of that, hotel occupancy in Samui has risen by 7.7 per cent in the first 8 months of the years. There is also an increase of 1 per cent in average room rates.
There is a plan to expand China airlift by Bangkok airways, which will add flights from Guangzhou and Chongqing by the end of 2016. The frequency of flight between Samui and Phuket will also be increased.