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2017 Samui Regatta continues successful trend, with Centara Grand Beach Resort as host sponsor


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June 13th, 2017

The Samui Regatta consists of five days of racing and six nights of parties, including daily prize-awarding on the beach and a lavish Gala Dinner hosted by Centara Grand Beach Resort on the final night. This event showcases Samui’s reputation as a leading yachting destination and contributes significant revenues to the local economy.

Centara Grand Beach Resort Samuionce again showed itself capable of handling international water sports events, being the host sponsor for the Samui Regatta 20-27 May. The Regatta, in its 16th year, has grown to attract the best yachts in Asia and a large spectator following. They come to Samui for great sailing, fantastic beach parties, and the island’s acclaimed hospitality.

Samui Island itself is acknowledged for its white-sand beaches, sparkling blue sea, breezy coconut trees and picture-postcard tropical appeal. Lately it has proven itself a leading sports tourism destination, especially in yachting. With full support from the Thai government and its policy to promote sports tourism, Samui has attracted more international events and sports enthusiasts to the country during the last decade. The now-famous Samui Regatta is one of the blue-ribbon international events exemplifying this trend.


A few of the prizes awarded in the competition

“This is another opportunity for people to recognize our resort, not only as a luxurious tropical tourist destination but also a superb water sport venue,” said Denis Thouvard, the resort’s General Manager. “We are located in a prime area where nature and civilization mesh perfectly. Our private beachfront offers Chaweng’s soft white sand, crystal clear water, and peaceful space for personal relaxation or fun activities such as swimming, sailing, jet-skiing and yachting. The resort is also an ideal base for exploring Samui and its island neighbors Koh Nang Yuan and Ang Thong National Marine Park. It is next to Samui’s main town and 20 minutes from the airport. Our guests enjoy wonderful vacations in this tropical paradise.”

“Samui Island is one of the top tourism and yachting destinations in Asia,” added Ms. Kae Wattana, Managing Director of Regattas Asia. “We have organised Samui Regatta for 15 years and each year we see the number of yachts that come to the island is growing. I believe this growth will continue as more and more people experience the beauty of Samui and the unmatched sailing it has to offer. This year we will again have a spectator boat at Samui Regatta which members of the public and tourists can join to experience the event and learn more about yachting. Our aim is bring the event and yachting closer to people, to increase people’s understanding of yachting, and to attract more visitors to Samui Island. Having Centara, a leading Thai hospitality brand, joined just as main host for this event is helping us to ensure that all participants will be treated professionally and bring back not only a trophy or medal from a competition but also a fantastic memory in Samui as well”.


Fun and lively atmosphere during the full week event

The Samui Regatta consists of five days of racing and six nights of parties, including daily prize-awarding on the beach and a lavish Gala Dinner hosted by Centara Grand Beach Resort on the final night. This event showcases Samui’s reputation as a leading yachting destination and contributes significant revenues to the local economy. Surveys show most of the approximately 500 participants come from overseas and have high incomes.

“As part of the Samui community, we are proud to support the people and economy of this island,” General Manager Thouvard concluded. “In the future we look forward to seeing more tourists, both returning guests and new visitors who want to witness Samui’s natural beauty with their own eyes.”

 


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Chinese demand “fills gaps” in seasonal Samui


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February 14th, 2017

A rising number of direct flights from mainland China is helping the Thai island of Koh Samui fill the gaps in its traditionally seasonal tourism sector, a new report has found.

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According to the latest Samui Hotel Market Update from C9 Hotelworks, both direct flights to the island and new services to Surat Thani Airport, the closest secondary gateway, have led to a sharp rise in Chinese visitors to Samui. This, according to the report, means that mainland Chinese travellers are now “filling in the gaps of a once highly seasonal destination”.

As a result, island-wide hotel occupancy hit 72% in 2016 and airport arrivals pushed over the 1.2 million threshold.

Much of the momentum can be attributed to Bangkok Airways’ international expansion, which has shifted in focus from Southeast Asia to North Asia. In the second quarter of this year the carrier will increase flights to Samui to Chengdu to a daily service, and it is expected to add Chongqing at a later date. A THB1 billion (US$28 million) upgrade of Samui International Airport is also expected to commence this year.

“Samui’s airlift is no longer a one trick pony with the emergence of nearby Surat Thani as a secondary gateway. Flight arrivals last year to the latter spiked up by 30% and are forecasted to grow further in 2017,” said Bill Barnett of C9 Hotelworks.

“Just as we have seen the twin airport story in Bangkok play out with Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang, the “plug and play” model for the resort-led market of Samui is benefitting from both strong domestic and international trajectory from Bangkok Airways, but also the low-cost carrier rapid fire expansion in Surat Thani,” he added.

The report added that while the rise of low-cost arrivals has not reduced average hotel rates, there are signs of a shift in the demand. “With the steady growth of airlift to Surat Thani Airport, Samui is expected to attract a broader market of midscale and upscale segments with pipeline hotels weighted toward these types of products,” it stated.


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All ahead to Samui Regatta 2016


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May 11th, 2016

Boat owners and sailors from across Asia and around the world already have Samui Regatta 2016 on the sailing calendars. Boats ranging in size from 23 to 72 feet will compete in the waters around Thailand’s second largest island during the 15th edition of the Samui Regatta, scheduled for 21st to 28th May and hosted by Centara Grand Breach Resort Samui, on Chaweng Beach.

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“Sailors recognize the importance of this international event to sailing in Asia, what with it being the final event of the AsianYachting Grand Prix championship,” commented Simon James, Race Director of organisers Regattas Asia. “For over a decade Samui has closed out the racing season in Asia with a superb event that sets the standard for next year.”

Everybody loves a comeback story and the comeback class for 2016 is expected to be the Multihull Class. The number of multihulls are expanding in the region and playing a major role in the region’s regattas. A new edition to the class this year is the six metre Pulse 600 design, produced by Corsair Marine in Vietnam, and there are a number of these competitive two person yachts available for charter. At the other end of the size range is a 67-foot catamaran expected to line-up this year, and many of varying sizes and designs in between.

A notable component of the Samui Regatta since day one has been the IRC racing classes. Expect another heavy dose of Hong Kong-based entries this year that feature many new designs among the boats racing. While there may not be the number of classes that were commonplace a decade ago, the significance of a class win is unchanged and in many cases provides the victor of the AsianYachting Grand Prix.

“It feels fantastic to win the AYGP Championship here in Samui,” said Bill Bremner after winning the 2015 regatta and 2014/15 championship on his King 40 Foxy Lady VI. “Everybody is so ecstatic. We can’t wait to get the whole crew up on stage at the awards Gala Dinner.”

“Where else would you want to be in the last week of May?” asked Race Director, James. “We see many professional and amateur crews returning year after year. It doesn’t seem to matter which class or boat they race on – the conditions are always terrific, the race committee work and event management is unsurpassed, and the competition is always full on. When I mention sailing in the Gulf of Thailand, everybody always mentions Samui Regatta.”

“For some, the onshore part of the regatta is almost as important as what happens on-the-water and this year the local support from Samui businesses has been overwhelming. A number of new resorts have offered their support and we welcome back many long-term supporters, and are excited to be working them again. The regatta has really become a true community event. Making the sailors stay refreshed, we will be serving Mekong, Mount Gay Rum, Finca de Malpica wine and Chang beer, all supplemented by 100 Plus, Coke and our Samui Regatta Signature Cocktails at the parties.”

For those who wish to get a taste of the action, Serenity Yachting are offering a spectator experience, where their catamaran will be positioned at the startline to watch the start action every day. Tickets are available at 800THB per person and pick-up and drop-offs are on Chaweng Beach in front of Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui. Food and drinks can be bought onboard. Contact info@regattas.asia for more details.

The Samui Regatta will take place 21st to 28th May, 2016 headquartered at Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui, and is organised by Regattas Asia in conjunction with the Samui Yacht Club Regatta, under the auspices of the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand, the Municipal of Koh Samui and the Sports Authority of Thailand.

 

For more information:

Website: www.samuiregatta.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/SamuiRegatta

Twitter: www.twitter.com/samuiregatta


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Hard Rock Cafe opens on Samui


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May 9th, 2016

Hard on the successful heels of its venues in Phuket, Bangkok and Pattaya, Hard Rock Café last week opened a new outlet on Koh Samui. –

“Hard Rock has been an established presence in Thailand for nearly 25 years, and we look forward to expanding our dynamic brand to the lively dining and nightlife scene in Koh Samui,” said Steve Yang, Asia Area Vice President, Franchise Development & Operations for Hard Rock International.

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“Hard Rock Cafe Koh Samui marks our fourth location in Thailand and speaks to our continued commitment to expand to iconic cities throughout the Asian market.”

Hard Rock Cafe Koh Samui is represented by Destination Resorts, which has already helped to successfully expand the brand in Thailand as the franchisee of Hard Rock Cafe Phuket.

Located on the Chaweng Beach Road, Hard Rock Cafe Koh Samui features indoor seating for 200 guests and an outdoor terrace and bar that can accommodate up to 100 guests.

The new cafe also offers an outdoor pool area complete with private bar and guest cabanas. A large outdoor stage is to feature the best in live music and entertainment from Koh Samui and around the globe, the franchise touted in a press release issued this past week.

“We are pleased to further strengthen our partnership with Hard Rock with the opening of a new cafe in Koh Samui, a vibrant and bustling city with a unique connection to food and music,” said Gary Murray, CEO of Destination Resorts.

“Hard Rock Cafe Koh Samui will undoubtedly be a must-see for both visitors and locals alike, and we look forward to continuing the brand’s success in Thailand,” he added.

With venues in 68 countries, including 163 cafes, 23 hotels and 11 casinos, Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world’s greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe.

Memorabilia from Hard Rock’s priceless collection will adorn the walls of Hard Rock Cafe Koh Samui, including items from legendary and contemporary musicians from around the world. Guests will be able to see iconic pieces from Taylor Swift, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Metallica, KISS, and much more.

“Since it was established in 1971, Hard Rock has been committed to a wide variety of philanthropic causes and activities around the world. In every Hard Rock city, the staff makes it a priority to become a valuable community partner, and Hard Rock Cafe Koh Samui looks forward to continuing this tradition,” said the press release issued this week.


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Less is more for Koh Samui


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March 21st, 2016

We live in a world where percentages seem to matter and growth dominates our horizon. I still recall growing up and marking off on a wall in our house how tall I was. I could not wait to be older, and the irony today is how I wish that I could instead roll back the clock.

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In Phuket’s crowded market, hoteliers are increasingly griping about our high volume and low room rate business. Yet, on the island of Samui in the Gulf of Thailand, owners and operators are for the most part grinning about a sustained increase in room rates.

Without a doubt, airlift has a profound impact on tourism fortunes, and a decade-long feeding frenzy by proliferating low-cost carriers (LCCs) has changed our island’s landscape forever. Yes, everyone can now fly, and fly they do. Even the legacy airlines like Thai International are now under the gun and facing an uncertain future as the low-cost disruptors have flown into town.

Last year, Samui hit the one million mark for airport passenger arrivals, as Phuket edges closer to six million. The key difference is that while Phuket has a public airport under the Airport Authority of Thailand (AoT), Samui has a private airport effectively controlled by Bangkok Airways. Also, Samui has a long-term environmental control restriction limiting flights to 36 a day due to noise concerns.

So, airfares to Samui are in fact more expensive, and there are no LCCs in that market. But last year, the ceiling of flights to Samui increased to 50 a day. Compounding the surge in capacity was Bangkok Airways shifting away from ATR-72 aircraft and using more Airbus A-319s, which kicked in more seats. Passenger arrivals were up seven per cent year-on-year.

But where the key highlight of the Samui hotel market comes into focus is on room rates. Hotels were able to increase rates across the market by 12 per cent, which has a positive domino effect of increasing RevPAR (revenue per available room) by 15 per cent. Phuket, by contrast, has had to rely on volume to drive RevPAR and players in the local market are worried about whether or not this approach is sustainable for Phuket’s hospitality industry in the long term.

Investor sentiment has always favored Phuket which now has close to 40 new hotels in the development pipeline. In Samui the number is 14 with only 1,400 new keys, as properties tend to be smaller in Samui. However, famous international brands such as Ritz-Carlton, Sofitel and Holiday Inn will make up part of the growth.

From our research on Samui, one impact that is apparent is the performance imbalance of branded properties compared to independent ones. In a head-to-head comparison, the brands registered higher average rates by 24 per cent and premium RevPAR’s of 28 per cent. Over in Phuket we have witnessed a spate of new conversions to chain management by existing properties as well.

Moving forward, Samui is not without challenges given a limited road network, stretched infrastructure and a booming China market that is using nearby Surat Thani airport with low-cost carriers as an entry point.

Yet fundamentals in supply and demand remain strong. While in the past the airport limitation was viewed as a weakness, in the end it’s been a blessing in disguise for Samui hoteliers.

Bill Barnett is the Founder and Managing Director of C9 Hotelworks (C9Hotelworks.com), a leading Thailand-based hospitality and real estate consulting firm.

This article first appeared in the March 12-18 issue of the hard-copy Phuket Gazette newspaper.


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Boats head to Samui Regatta for season’s finale


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March 9th, 2016

Boat owners and sailors from across Asia and around the world have Samui Regatta 2016 firmly marked on their calendars as boats ranging in size from 23 to 72 feet are heading to Thailand’s second largest island to compete in the 15th edition of the regatta to be held 21st to 28th May and hosted by Centara Grand Breach Resort Samui, on Chaweng Beach.

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Simon James, Race Director of organisers Regattas Asia, notes that ‘For over a decade Samui has closed out the racing season in Asia with a superb and highly competitive event that sets the standard for next year’s regional championship.’

Everybody loves a comeback story and the comeback class for 2016 is expected to be the Multihull Class. The number of multihulls are expanding in the region and playing a major role in the region’s regattas, and a new edition this year is the six metre Pulse 600 design, produced by Corsair Marine in Vietnam. At the other end of the size range is a 67-foot catamaran that is expected to line-up this year, and many multihulls of varying sizes and designs in between.

A notable component of the Samui Regatta since day one has been the IRC racing classes. Organisers expect another heavy dose of Hong Kong-based entries this year that feature many new designs among the boats racing, and it is often at Samui Regatta amongst the entries in these IRC classes.

“Where else would you want to be in the last week of May?’ asked Race Director James. ‘We see many professional and amateur crews returning year after year. It doesn’t matter which class or boat they race on the conditions are always terrific, the race committee and event management is unsurpassed, and the competition is always full on. The Gulf of Thailand really does deliver excellent sailing conditions.”

“For some, the onshore part of the regatta is almost as important as what happens on-the-water and this year the local support from Samui businesses has been overwhelming. A number of new resorts have offered their support and we are excited to welcome back many long-term supporters and be working with them again. The regatta has really become a true community event,” added James.

For those who wish to get a taste of the action, Serenity Yachting are offering a spectator experience. Tickets are available at 800THB per person. For more information, email info@regattas.asia.

The 15th Samui Regatta will take place 21st to 28th May, 2016 headquartered at Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui, and is organised by Regattas Asia in conjunction with the Samui Yacht Club Regatta, under the auspices of the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand, the Municipal of Koh Samui and the Sports Authority of Thailand.


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Koh Samui airport to be renovated


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March 8th, 2016

Koh Samui airport has been scheduled to receive a major renovation that is due to start in May or April this year.

The changes, designed to ease bottlenecks, are anticipated to take anywhere between 12 and 18 months. This will be the largest undertaking at the privately owned airport since the last renovation around ten years ago. The cost of the improvements are thought to be around the 600 million baht mark and will streamline passenger flow and enhance passengers comfort and convenience.

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Reports suggest that the 2,100 meter runway and taxiway will not be included in the renovation plans as they are currently sufficient for the air traffic using the airport. The capacity of the airport is also not of any concern, last year it handled around 2 million passengers and has the capacity to handle over double that figure, the upgrades are really designed to streamline passenger transit rather than increase the capacity.

Last year Bangkok Airways received permission to increase the number of flights going through Koh Samui from 36 to 50. The airport currently handles around 45 flights a day, mainly operated by Bangkok Airways. Reports suggest they aim to increase that to 80 by convincing the authorities the increase would have no impact on noise pollution for the local community.


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Koh Samui tourism sees positive growth last year


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March 2nd, 2016

KOH Samui’s tourism sector has been experiencing steady growth in 2015, with airport passenger arrivals growing by seven per cent to over one million, average daily rate (ADR) of hotels up by 12 per cent, and RevPAR increasing by 15 per cent, according to a report by consultancy C9 Hotelworks.

Favourable supply-and-demand conditions for hotels and the increase in passenger capacity from Bangkok Airways has largely contributed to the growth.

As well, despite concerns from industry players about Koh Samui’s Bangkok Airways-owned airport, the preventing of LCCs into the island has actually had a positive effect, serving to buffer Koh Samui’s tourism sector from mass market volatilities, the report explained.

Still, as tourists continue to visit in greater numbers, Koh Samui’s hotels are undergoing systematic improvements, with two of this year’s highlights including the completion of a US$20 million renovation of the Santiburi Beach Resort and the reopening of the overhauled Amari in Chaweng.

Samui International Airport is also in the early stages of a US$29.2 million expansion plan.


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Family activities in Koh Samui


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February 2nd, 2016

If you’re thinking of vacationing in Koh Samui with family or friends then look no further than our hand-picked selection of exciting activities to partake in on this beautiful island.

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SAMUI GO KART
For those competitive families, the Go Karting experience in Koh Samui is ideal. Have a one-on-one race with someone in your family or split up into teams to see which family members are better at zooming around the track. With two large tracks, a panoramic terrace, restaurant, bar and a pool, the Samui Go Kart centre is one place on the island that should not be overlooked.
Address: Chaweng Lake
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday; 10:00 am – 1:00 am
For more information on bookings, check: www.easykart.net/samui-kart

SAMUI FOOTBALL GOLF
Have you ever heard of playing with a football on a golf course? Well look no further than Samui Football Golf where players try to steer a football into 18 holes in as few strokes as possible. On this 1,500 metre course, be prepared to have some ‘friendly’ competition with your family members, while choosing between hard and easy routes to test your skills. You’ll come across trees, coconut logs, shells and ditches which you will have to skillfully navigate your way through, but the more you play the easier it will all become.
Address: 63/240 Moo 5, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani – 84320
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday; 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tel: +66 77 426 600

DOG AND CAT RESCUE KOH SAMUI
A volunteering experience will always be heartfelt and satisfying for many. If you go on holiday with your children, visiting the Dog and Cat Rescue in Koh Samui will teach them a wealth of important lessons about taking care of animals. Therefore, you should immerse yourselves into this charitable atmosphere and volunteer your time to making these dogs and cats feel loved and wanted.
Address: 112/35 Moo 6 Bophut, Samui, Suratthani – 84320
Tel: +66 77 413 490

FAMILY COOKING CLASSES
One amazing way to put aside your differences and create an atmosphere filled with laughter and joy is by going to a Thai cooking class. With the hypnotic aroma wafting through the air and the opportunity to test your culinary skills and compete with other family members to see who can produce the tastiest dish, this is a sure way to reconnect on a deeper level.
Thai Cooking Class Locations:
1. Sonja’s Thai Cooking Class Address: Moo 123/123 Maenam, Surat Thani, Thailand
Tel: +66 89 725 5610
Website: www.thaicookingclass-samui.com
2. Pai Cookery Class
Address: 149/1 Moo 3 Soi Thong Kaew T. Bophut Tel: +66 86 952 3672
Website: www.paicookerysamui.com


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Koh Samui’s secret beaches


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January 27th, 2016

Many beaches are seldom seen by mainstream visitors; hiding their most alluring views away from the public eye, and making them available either to the adventurous or those who have opted to stay in an all inclusive resort. However, we have made it easier for you, so if you are ready to retreat into paradise, these three perfect little coves may be just what you are looking for.

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SAMUI’S SAMRONG BEACH & THONGSON BAY BEACH
These picture-perfect beaches can be found next to each other on the far northeast corner of the island close to Choeng Mon; they share similar features such as size, shape and appearance. These quiet escapes from the hustle and bustle of Koh Samui require a few tricky turns on side roads, but once you find them they are both great areas to relax and watch the sun set. Lastly, while they are both beautiful beaches, the shallow waters at low tide makes it impossible to swim.

CORAL COVE BEACH
Between Chaweng and Lamai on the east coast is a stunning beach, which can only be seen when driving slowly as the thick foliage makes it difficult for those who are passing by quickly. Known as Coral Cove with its hypnotic coarse white sand composed of granite particles and little coves that have been carved out for a romantic setting, this beach is a picture perfect escape. While there are resorts at both ends of this beach, and a set of bungalows in the middle, surprisingly it is not visited frequently.

LAMAI BEACH
Just north of bustling Chaweng you will find the crowds start to dwindle as you come across Lamai Beach. Just half the size of the hugely popular Chaweng Beach, Lamai sits in a sweeping bay with white sands stretching almost as far as the distant Hinta-Hinyai (Grandmother and Grandfather rock formations) with a high, rocky headland and plenty of lush jungle into the mountains.


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