The arrival of a few mega billionaires on the resort island of Koh Samui and the surrounding islands has raised hopes that Thailand will begin to see an increase in the number of wealthy travelers again. Perhaps now that the Covid-19 restrictions are finally mostly lifted, several luxury superyachts have been spotted arriving on the shores of Samui.
Most notably, Alexander Alexandrovich Svetakov, a Russian property developer worth billions, was seen arriving in Koh Samui aboard his superyacht Cloudbreak. The 54-year-old Russian man is the chairman of Absolut Group and is ranked number 881 on the list of the richest people in the world this year. He is a very successful real estate developer, controlling more properties than almost anyone in Moscow, with most of his land being in the New Moscow region, an area where Moscow has been expanding over the past decade. with unprecedented growth.
Now he is on vacation after sailing from Singapore to Koh Samui on his giant 3.9 billion baht ship. The superyacht sailed with 12 passengers and six crew on board, leaving Singapore on July 1. To be safe with Covid restrictions, a group of officials from Immigration, Customs, Port Security Control, Communicable Disease Control and the Thai Maritime Enforcement Command Center all boarded the ship to check all passengers on board.
Svetakov cruised the superyacht Cloudbreak around the islands of Koh Samui, Koh Pha Ngan and Koh Tao, attracting a lot of attention from people ashore who spotted the giant visiting vessel. The governor of Surat Thani, where the popular tourist islands are located, said visible vacations like this from billionaire travelers show the potential for high-end luxury tourism across Surat Thani. Tourism and government officials hope this will attract many wealthier travelers to visit these tropical destinations.
The media mentioned another unnamed British billionaire investor who also sailed his superyacht in the waters off Koh Samui for a holiday. High profile wealthy tourists have prompted government officials to talk optimistically about attracting more wealthy travelers to boost tourism and the massive economy it brings.
THE SOURCE: Bangkok Post
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