Five hundred thousand Indian tourists are expected to visit Pattaya by the year’s-end while Russian and Chinese tourists are diminishing due to domestic affairs, the Tourism Authority of Thailand says.
The director of the Pattaya Tourism Authority of Thailand Mr. Kajondej Apichart-trakul revealed yesterday, June 7th, that the tourism situation in Pattaya has improved by a large margin since the country’s reopening to tourists and the Test and Go program’s removal. Business operators in Pattaya, he said, were conducting business with international agencies and tour operators who wanted to bring their customers to Pattaya as it was a globally known vacation spot located only one hour away from the airport.
Pattaya City, according to the director, had been ready for reopening to tourists since last year in 2021. In November 2021, the city tried to adjust to the Covid-19 pandemic under the campaign “Pattaya Move On” in which the city mostly relied on domestic tourism in order to keep the businesses running as the international tourists were gone, the director stated.
Now, it is estimated that Indian tourists averaging about 3,000 people a day come to Pattaya, according to the director and increasing weekly. He expected that the total number of Indian tourists will reach up to five hundred thousand people by the year-end. He said that other nationals such as Russian and Chinese that used to be at the peak in terms of regular visitors have diminished a lot due to domestic affairs in their countries such as an ongoing war and a Zerocovid policy although he is still hopeful for their return.
Director Kajondej also stated that the city of Pattaya is collaborating with the business sector to develop a year-long tourism-supporting campaign. He also said he wants to prioritize Indians first.
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