Published: Tuesday, 16 May 2017

The Thai government has the policy to promote sports tourism and attract more international events to the country. Samui Island has hosted a number of world-class sports events and the largest and longest running is Samui Regatta, which reached its 16th year in 2017.

Samui Regatta Promotes Sports Tourism In Thailand

(Photos: Samui Regatta)

Regattas Asia, organisers of Samui Regatta, recently undertook a survey of participants and the findings underscore the importance of the event to the local economy.

Kae Wattana, Managing Director of organisers Regattas Asia, said: “Samui Regatta contributes significant revenues to the local economy every year. Most of the 500 or so participants come from overseas to compete and have high disposable incomes. The majority stay for 7-10 days during the regatta and our research shows that spend on food and accommodation only, is a minimum of 5,000THB (US$145)/person/day. This does not include spend on flights, travel around the island, and other lifestyle and entertainment expenditure.” 

The survey's findings are for the regatta period only and do not take into account holiday time either side of the regatta and return visits to Samui during the year.

In addition to being a tourist destination known worldwide for its natural beauty, island culture and delicious cuisine, Samui Island has built a reputation as being a yachting destination in the region.

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Wattana added: “Samui Island is one of the top tourism and yachting destinations in Asia. We have organised Samui Regatta for 15 years and each year we see the number of yachts that come to the island grow. 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.”

Samui Regatta consists of five days of racing and six nights of parties, including daily prize-givings on the beach and a lavish Gala Dinner hosted by Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui on the final night.

The 16th Samui Regatta will take place from May 20-27, headquartered at Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui and is the season-ending event in the AsianYachting Grand Prix championship. 

The regatta 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.