Some restaurant owners, especially seafood, in Pattaya are still suffering from financial problems and they are hoping to see Chinese tourists arrive in large numbers to help them keep going on.
Mrs. Premwadee Saekoaw, a restaurant owner at ‘King Seafood’ on Walking Street, told the Pattaya News “There are more foreign tourists visiting Thailand and Pattaya after Covid-19 restrictions have been relieved. However, restaurants on Pattaya Walking Street and in the Pattaya area are still overall quiet. When comparing restaurants before Covid -19 only about one out of three restaurants have recovered well so far. Many of the restaurants yet to fully recover are seafood venues dependent on Chinese tourists.”
“Only Russian, Domestic Thai, and Korean tourists that order buffet or hotpot style in restaurants are doing well currently, while most other foreign tourists eat only a single plate in a meal as they are more careful on their expenses,” Mrs. Premwadee explained.
“Nightlife tourism in Pattaya is getting better in some areas such as in Soi Bua Khao and on North Pattaya Beach,” Mrs. Premwadee added.
“Japanese tourists almost disappeared from Pattaya after Covid 19 and have still not fully recovered, which prior to the pandemic were significant customers for restaurants, especially seafood. We hope Chinese tourists can help us to survive from financial problems, as seafood is also popular with them,” Mrs. Premwadee noted.
China just approved group tours to be able to travel again for the first time in three years yesterday, as seen here.