Doha (Qatar) – November 12, 2017 (travelindex.com) – Qatar Airways are the first Middle East carrier to announce direct flights into Thailand’s third international airport, U Tapao- Rayong Pattaya International Airport (UTP).
Starting with four flights a week from 28th January 2018, the airline will use their new Boeing 787 Dreamliner with 232 seats in economy and 22 seats in business class from Doha.
With more and more flights into U Tapao expected, and a new ferry service close to the airport directly to Koh Chang, this news will have an enormous impact on the region and in particular for the Koh Chang’s Island’s tourist industry.
As Thailand’s second largest island, it has been already experiencing a steady increase in the number of visitors who are taking vacations there.
This is likely to increase dramatically, now that the Thai government has rubber stamped their ambitious plans to spend millions on infrastructure along the Eastern Seaboard Corridor.
This is all great news for Siam Royal View Resort, the largest mixed-use development on Koh Chang, who have recently launched their new Marina Condominiums and Riverside Villas, to keep pace with the island’s popularity.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand have just announced that 28.64 million tourists arrived in Thailand in the first ten months of 2017, an increase of nearly 7% year on year.
Visitor figures have been steadily increasing on the island too. Since 2010 -2015 there has been an increase of over 220% to 1,106,149 hotel registrations, and that does not count the number who stay in non-registered accommodation.
With the recent announcement of a ferry service linking Pattaya to the island, the future looks even brighter.
Hanspeter Siegrist, a Director at Siam Royal View said, ‘One reason that we have not seen more tourists in the past has been the limited number of 3-5 star accommodation options available on Koh Chang. It is with this background that we are now building more villas and condos close to our Marina, and will expand our successful Peninsula Beach Hotel with more capacity.’
Property owners will benefit from the superb facilities at Siam Royal View, one of South East Asia’s largest beach resorts. It has over 2km of sandy beaches, 4km of waterfront, over 100 beach and pool villas, a yacht marina, a pitch & putt golf course, boutique hotels, swimming pools, restaurants, beach bars and wellness facilities.
The Koh Chang archipelago has over 50 islands to explore nearly all year round, making the island one of the top boating areas in the World.