(19 Aug 2021) Thailand is currently going through its worst wave of
COVID19 to date. Fuelled mainly by the highly transmissible Delta variant,
the country reports on average just over 20,000 new cases per day,
with the number of deaths also on the rise.
In addition to the ongoing vaccination programme,
there are many COVID19-related restrictions and
curfews in place in many of Thailand’s provinces, and yet, as the country
relies so heavily on international tourism to generate revenue, it
is also trying to attract fully vaccinated tourists with reduced
or more relaxed quarantine restrictions in select parts of the
The Phuket Sandbox initiative, for example,
commenced on 1 July and up to 17 August had been used by 21,955
people to enter the country. The Samui Plus initiative, which is not as relaxed as the Sandbox, started on 15 July
and has attracted just 358 people thus far. Very few details are
available of exactly who is flying into Phuket and Samui, and
perhaps more importantly why.
There will be a mix of Thais and expats returning home, business
people, expats who live in the region and are using the Sandbox as
a stepping stone, fam trips, genuine tourists and others.
So what does all this mean for a brand new hotel on
Thailand’s most popular islands for tourists?
The SHA+ certified hotel is located in the north
west of the island near Chaweng
Beach, not far from Choeng Mon and Bophut, and just minutes from
the airport and what would normally be Samui’s main and lively entertainment
area in central Chaweng.
The pet-friendly Hyatt Regency Koh Samui features
140 rooms – of which 24 are suites and villas, 4 freeform pools, a
variety of F&B outlets, a fitness centre, spa, eight specially
created photogenic spots dotted around the property, and an
assortment of event space to choose from.
The hotel will also soon open The Regency Club for
those guests who enjoy additional benefits, pampering and
To find out more about this new hotel, Steven
Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com interviewed Adrian Pulido, the Hyatt
Regency Koh Samui’s General Manager, via Microsoft Teams on
Wednesday, 18 August 2021.
In this interview you will learn more about the
hotel, what new F&B outlet is about to open, what challenges the
hotel has faced in recruiting and motivating staff during these
difficult times, how the hotel compares to the considerable amount
of competition on the island, how Adrian would like to see
Samui Plus develop, how the hotel is planning its strategy for
2022, when The Regency Club will open and what guests can expect,
and how important the domestic Samui market as well as the larger Thai market
are to the hotel. All that and much, much more in the HD video and
How’s Business in Koh Samui,
Thailand? Interview with Adrian Pulido, GM of the Hyatt Regency
As the above video interview was conducted over the internet, I
would like to apologise that the audio and visual quality are not
up to the same HD/UHD quality that it normally would be. Hopefully it won’t be too
long until we are once again conducting exclusive video interviews
in person, but for now we have to make do with what we have. Thank