Pattaya hotel room booking was at 70 to 80 percent for their members during Songkran despite Covid-19, says Thailand Eastern Hotel Association

Pattaya, Banglamung –

Domestic tourist bookings in Pattaya at hotels that are part of a major hotel association and covers dozens of area hotels were at 70-80 percent during the Songkran holidays this April, despite the Covid -19 pandemic said the president of the association today.

Mr. Pisoot Saeku, the president of the Thailand Eastern Hotel Association, told The Pattaya News today, “We were afraid at first when the current wave of the Covid – 19 pandemic started in April which is at the same time period of the Songkran Holiday, one of our busiest times of the year for domestic tourism.”

“The Number of Chonburi confirmed Covid – 19 cases were high and as a result we thought hotel room bookings would be significantly decreased and see widespread cancelation.” Pisoot stated.

“Imagine our surprise when we found only 30 percent of hotel room bookings had been canceled. We attribute this to Chonburi not imposing quarantine or entry restrictions unlike many other provinces.” Pisoot explained.

“The highest number of room bookings was on April 13th and April 14th which was about 80 percent booked.” Pisoot added.

“Many domestic tourists visited Pattaya Beach because of the kite event on the beach as well as to visit the islands and tourist attractions. Entertainment venues being closed didn’t seem to deter people from coming.” Pisoot said.

“Most of the hotel room bookings this week were ‘last-minute’ and ‘walk-in’ bookings. Most of them were from Bangkok and nearby provinces, with many saying after Chiang Mai and Hua Hin put in place restrictions they came here instead.” Pisoot continued.

“Tourists still have confidence for Pattaya and Chonburi about the hygienic measurements and felt safe on the beach and at outside activities.” Pisoot concluded.

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Goong 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 closing in on two years. Specializes primarily in local news for Pattaya and Phuket, 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 except when commuting between the two.