Koh Samui, Thailand: The head of a tourism association on the once popular holiday island of Koh Samui has painted a bleak picture of the devastation caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Worasit Pongkhamphan said that since the beginning of April, 100 hotels have announced that they are for sale.
Banks are not lending, and the situation has been exacerbated by people who haven’t paid for rooms for months.
Tourism on the island has been decimated in the past two months, The Bangkok Insight reported when the country was closed and international flights – the lifeblood of Samui – were banned.
Worasit has now called for government bailouts to help industry in Samui, which has 600 registered hotels and 30,000 rooms that employ 70,000 people.
Source: The Bangkok Insight, Wochenblitz