Samui island in the Gulf of Thailand has hosted a number of
world-class international sporting events over the past few years,
the largest and longest running being the Samui Regatta.
Turning 16 this year, Samui Regatta has grown to
attract some of the best yachts in Asia and a large spectator
following all of whom come to Samui for great sailing and
excellent beach parties.
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.
“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 per
person per day. This does not include money spent on flights, travelling around
the island, and other lifestyle and entertainment expenditure,”
said Ms. Kae Wattana, Managing Director of Regattas
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.
“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 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,” Ms. Wattana added. “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-giving on the beach and a
lavish Gala Dinner hosted by Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui on
the final night.
The spectator boat costs 800THB per person
per day and tickets are available
for the daily prize-giving at 1,000THB per person per night and for the Gala Dinner at
2,500THB per person.
The 16th Samui Regatta will take place 20 to 27 May 2017
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.
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