The most recent four-day long weekend has boosted Pattaya domestic tourism with many rooms and restaurants heavily booked, according to local business leaders.
The President of the Eastern Thai Hotels Association, Mr. Pisooj Saeku, told The Pattaya News, “Many domestic tourists visited Pattaya during the past long weekend from October 21st to October 23rd. There were many rooms and restaurants fully booked. Many of our association hotels were at full occupancy.”
“This is because many virus restrictions have been lifted as well as the number of Covid -19 new and confirmed cases have continued to decrease. Tourists have more confidence to go out and travel.” Pisooj explained.
“Most of our hotel room bookings during the four long holiday was from the Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism third phase of the “Rao Tiew Duay Kan” (We Travel Together) tourism promotion, which does provide discounts for domestic tourists.” Pisooj stated.
“Currently, about 40 percent of the hotels in Pattaya have re-opened. Some hotel operators are still waiting until the city reopens to international tourists or eases additional restrictions such as the curfew, scheduled to end next week, or bans on alcohol sales and bars. As for the nightlife industry the government has not yet stated for sure when they will allow it to reopen but with tourism returning we expect it to be soon. ” Pisooj added.
An executive from the Flipper Pattaya Group, Mr. Sinchai Wattanasartsathorn told TPN media, “Eighty percent of rooms in hotels owned by the Flipper Pattaya Group were fully booked over the past weekend. We believe on November 1st there will not be many international tourists but we will see more positive change after December 15th before the New Year. We are betting big on domestic tourism and the many events Pattaya has planned, like fireworks and music festivals, for the rest of the year.”
This echoed statements made by other hotel owners and association leaders who have told TPN that they are cautiously optimistic about the next several months, especially in regards to domestic tourism.