Pattaya Mayor plans to make Pattaya a world class tourist city like Dubai, Singapore, and Miami after Covid-19


The Pattaya Mayor plans to make Pattaya a world class tourist city on par with top cities in the world like Dubai, Singapore, and Miami after Covid-19 as part of the Eastern Economic Corridor project.

The Pattaya City Mayor Sonthaya Khunplume told The Pattaya News, “The NEO Pattaya or New Pattaya plan is part of the EEC (Economic Eastern Corridor) plan which is supporting economic development, community engagement, culture, and the environment.”

“After Covid -19 subsides around the globe and tourism resumes, we expect more quality domestic tourists which will generate more income. This will be along with foreign tourists returning, however, we are immediately focused on driving quality domestic tourists.” The Mayor continued.

“We are improving Pattaya to be a better place to work, and a place to live.”

“We will use city models from Singapore, Dubai and Miami as they are beach cities like Pattaya on how to be a world class tourist city with a buzzing nightlife, family activities, and a diverse economy.”

“We are also developing and improving the ‘Old Town Naklua’ market, Koh Larn, the Bali Hai Pier, Khao Thap Phraya, Walking Street, Pattaya Beach Walk, and Jomtien Beach which are in the EEC plan.”

The Pattaya News notes that the plans for this project are big, including a monorail, high-speed train, skywalk, cruise ship terminal, a refurbished and improved Walking Street, making the city a centerpiece for film and culture, and much more. All these plans had begun before Covid-19.

A major focus of the project is to diversify the economy which before depended on tourism for about 80 percent of the GDP in Pattaya. The city would like to bring that to around 60 percent by focusing on MICE, sports events, film events, and other business pursuits.

Story by The Pattaya News


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Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.