The EEC (Eastern Economic Corridor) planners and relevant agencies are set to boost the Old Town Naklua Market in order to make the market one of the top seafood markets in ASEAN, according to them.
A meeting was held today (June 15th) and was led by the secretary of the EEC Kanit Sangsupan and the Pattaya City Mayor Sonthaya Khunplume.
Mr. Kanit told The Pattaya News reporters, “The Old Town Naklua market is one of the main projects under the ‘NEO Pattaya’ campaign which aims to develop Lan Poe Market with the local community and embrace the last local mangrove forest as a protected environmental tourist attraction.”
“The market will be developed to be one of the top seafood markets in ASEAN countries and become a major destination for domestic and foreign tourists who wish to see a true “traditional-style” market.” Kanit continued.
“The Thai government will help with some of the investment. Moreover, we are also seeking for more investments from businessmen and interested parties in terms of this and other EEC projects.” Kanit stated, without detailing specifics in terms of investment numbers or budgets.
“Meanwhile, sellers in the market should ensure they have the best quality products, customer service, and presentation. If this project succeeds, we estimate the average market seller in this area will increase their revenue by three times.” Kanit added.
“One of our biggest goals is to keep the identity of the market as a local fishing community in the “traditional” style and highlight to visitors Thai culture, fishing culture, and demonstrate true traditional Thai lifestyles and values.” Kanit also said.
“We are expecting to attract additional investors by the end of this year before we can start the renovation project, hopefully within the next fiscal year as a starting point,” Kanit concluded.
The Pattaya City Mayor Sonthaya told Pattaya News reporters, “Our goal is to make The Old Town Naklua market as one of the main tourist destinations in Pattaya. We will keep the traditional feel and culture of the market while adding additional amenities behind the scenes like 5G technology and better facilities and security for the community.”
“Environment management is a major concern as well and to protect the mangrove forest, canals, and fishing areas. The market will be divided into three zones which are a Seaside zone, Old Town Market Zone and The Square Zone.” The Mayor concluded.
For more on EEC projects, which comprise many different plans including a monorail, high-speed rail, refurbishment of Walking Street and Pratumnak hill, and other projects click here.
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