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Pattaya turns to domestic tourists

BANGKOK: Pattaya City and tour operators will target Thai tourists instead of foreigners during the approaching traditional high season, with the country’s reopening to international travellers again delayed.

Saturday 25 September 2021, 01:01PM

Thai tourists relax on Pattaya beach in Chon Buri province. They have become Pattaya’s only target group of visitors this high season, with the reopening to foreign travellers again delayed. Photo: Chaiyot Pupattanapong / Bangkok Post

Thai tourists relax on Pattaya beach in Chon Buri province. They have become Pattaya’s only target group of visitors this high season, with the reopening to foreign travellers again delayed. Photo: Chaiyot Pupattanapong / Bangkok Post

Pattaya Mayor Sonthaya Khunplome said on Friday (Sept 24) that the planned reopening of five tourist provinces, including Chon Buri, could be postponed from Oct 1 to Nov 1.

Most vaccinated people in those provinces had received only their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and the Public Health Ministry was concerned about public safety.

He said Pattaya City had already allocated budgets for events from October to the end of the year and he hoped they could attract Thai tourists.

Boon-anant Patanasin, president of the Pattaya Business and Tourism Association, said there had been a clear policy to reopen more tourist provinces on Oct1, but the government was likely to postpone it.

That really confused tourists, who could not make plans for a vacation in Thailand, he said.

Tourism-based businesses in Pattaya were already prepared for the reopening. Without a clear schedule they would have to concentrate on attracting Thai tourists during the annual high season, instead of foreign visitors, just to keep their operations afloat, Mr Boon-anant said.

On a monthly basis, there would be small events to draw domestic tourists to Pattaya. Many Thais visited Pattaya on weekends, he said.

Events would include fireworks shows, a food festival and the Loy Krathong and New Year festivals, Mr Boon-anant said.

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Kurt | 27 September 2021 - 00:12:59

@JohnC, you would be surprised. Great BKK has millions of inhabitants. Among them impressive numbers who like to have some 'entertainment' days in sleazy Pattaya to blow off steam. Wise conclusion Pattaya to focus high season on locals only. Other towns/islands should do that too. COE and regimental quarantine times blocks international arrivals enormous. 

lelecuneo | 26 September 2021 - 15:48:22

if they will shut donw phuket sunbox will be because also here now they ease restriction to national travel and surely Phuket will see a huge increase of covid in the next month or so...unfortunately..  really nonsense 

lelecuneo | 26 September 2021 - 15:46:45

BKK is the covid hot spot of this land....this do not make any sense, and vaccine rate are way too low in the city..... they shoudl ban anyone to travel outside the city instead... this sound too fishy to be true... they probably getting all hotel booking and pre payment then a few days prior they ban travel ...

JohnC | 26 September 2021 - 08:44:16

I can't imagine too many Thai tourists are interested in the usual sleazy nightlife of Pattaya.

CaptainJack69 | 25 September 2021 - 13:15:29

Again, In Thailand we are far more at risk of infection from THAI travelers than we would be from international ones.

"Most vaccinated people... had received only their first dose"

Whereas ALL international travelers (& most people in their countries) are fully vaccinated.

This logic is backwards.


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