Feature: A look back at this week last year in Thailand news: Legal casinos, 100 days without local Covid-19, and more…

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The following is a weekly feature article looking at this same time period LAST year in Pattaya and Thailand news.

This weekly feature takes a look back at news from the same period last year (and sometimes different time windows, such as six months or three months) to see how things have changed, following up on the progression of stories, as well as look at potentially broken promises or things that didn’t take place as promised in Pattaya and Thailand.

As we publish dozens of stories a week this is a quick way for people to take a look at what the biggest stories were a year ago, as chosen by our editorial team, and how they impact us today and relate to current news. They are in no particular order of importance, however, are roughly in order of publication.

This week, we cover the first week of SEPTEMBER 2020, from Sunday, August 30th, 2020 to Saturday, September 5th, 2020.

  Let’s get into the top stories from this week LAST year!

1.  A legal casino in Thailand?

Spoiler: It is one year later and still hasn’t happened to little surprise from most.

Thai Civilized Party Leader plans to propose legal casino in Thailand

2.  Thai government postpones Chinese submarine purchase due to Covid-19

In this situation, it is STILL postponed despite the Thai Government trying to push it through earlier this summer.  It remains postponed, although importantly, it isn’t canceled and likely won’t be as the contract for the project was put into place prior to Covid-19, according to the Thai Government.

Thai government postpones Chinese submarine purchase amid public controversy

3.  One hundred days without a confirmed locally spread Covid-19 case

Sadly, this was to change and a year later the situation is arguably worse than last year at this time when everything was open and there were no restrictions except for travel restrictions from international tourists.

Thailand reaches one hundred days without a confirmed, recorded locally spread case of Covid-19

4.  Two foreigners arrested after allegedly being caught taking selfies with sea animals

This was a big story last year with many furious opinions. The foreigners were reportedly eventually deported over the incident which to this day draws divided thoughts.

Two foreigners in custody after allegedly taking selfies while manhandling endangered and sensitive sea creatures in Koh Pha Ngan

5.  Pattaya City building major new public park in Jomtien

It is technically completed and should be open any day now, to be fair, and is an example of a project which mostly went to schedule other than a few Covid-19 delays.

Pattaya City building major public park in Jomtien near the Riviera, thirty percent complete

6. Leading Walking Street business owners warn of “total collapse” of the tourism industry in Pattaya if Thailand has no foreign tourists for another 3-6 months

Spoiler alert: It’s a year later and we still don’t have foreign tourists (basically) and the entertainment and tourism industry in Pattaya has been shuttered by mandate since April with no end in sight and nearly no financial aid, unfortunately. And, unfortunately, many businesses are indeed gone forever now through no fault of their own.

Leading Walking Street business owners warn of “total collapse” of tourism industry in Pattaya if Thailand has no foreign tourists for another 3-6 months

That is all for this week. We hope you and yours stay safe for the week ahead!

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Mr. Adam Judd is the Co-owner of TPN Media since December 2017. He is originally from Washington D.C., America, but has also lived in Dallas, Sarasota, and Portsmouth. His background is in retail sales, HR, and operations management, and has written about news and Thailand for many years. He has lived in Pattaya for over nine years as a full-time resident, is well known locally and been visiting the country as a regular visitor for over a decade. His full contact information, including office contact information, can be found on our Contact Us page below. Stories please e-mail Editor@ThePattayanews.com About Us: https://thepattayanews.com/about-us/ Contact Us: https://thepattayanews.com/contact-us/