The Pattaya Music Festival officially ended last weekend and was successful in many aspects, according to the Pattaya mayor.
Pattaya mayor Poramase Ngampiches revealed after the Pattaya Music Festival officially came to a close last Saturday, August 27th, that the festival, which lasted for four weekends all of August, was a big success for Pattaya City despite many obstacles.
Even though there was rain in some weekends, and some of the Covid-19 regulations were still in place despite criticism online, tourists and residents still flocked to the festival to enjoy the concerts and the market, which greatly boosted Pattaya’s tourism, especially during the last weekend when all hotels were almost fully booked, Poramase stated.
The festival also succeeded in spurring up the economy and generating additional income for local businesses that came to sell their products and services at the market without having to pay rent, according to the mayor.
Poramase promised that he would allow the vendors to operate their businesses at upcoming events such as the International Fireworks Show in November or the Pattaya Festival during September 16th-17th as well.
“There are many sport competitions lining up such as the Pattaya Beach Games, the Olympic Day, the Bikini Beach run, for example,” Poramase said.
The mayor has vowed weekly events to draw tourism to the city that is still recovering from the effects of over two years of Covid-19 business restrictions, border closures, and quasi lockdowns. Pattaya’s GDP is nearly entirely driven by tourism.
However, the mayor pleaded with some vendors who might take advantage of the situation by raising prices to stop because it would harm the city’s tourism image. “We have to preserve the city’s reputation to win the visitors’ impressions so that they will return,” Poramase stated.
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