Pattaya tourism down 80% from 2012 due to Bangkok protests

Friday, 17 January 2014 From Issue Vol. XXII No. 3 By  Warunya Thongrod

Pattaya tourist levels have dropped 80 percent from last year as political protests in Bangkok scare away the world’s visitors.

Speaking at the Pattaya Business & Tourism Associations Jan. 8 meeting at the Grand Sole Hotel, officials from the city Tourism Department said the high season has been devastated and only Chinese New Year at the end of the month holds any hope of at least holding even with 2012-13.

Sinchai Wattanasartsathorn (center), President of the PBTA, chairs the 1st meeting of January 2014 at the Grand Sole Hotel Pattaya.Sinchai Wattanasartsathorn (center), President of the PBTA, chairs the 1st meeting of January 2014 at the Grand Sole Hotel Pattaya.

PBTA President Sinchai Wattanasartsathorn echoed the feelings of business leaders who are desperate to get the word out internationally that the sporadically violent and even deadly Bangkok demonstrations have not affected the Eastern Seaboard.

The PBTA is working with the Chonburi provincial government, Tourism Authority of Thailand and other agencies to spread the word, he said.

The association also wants to see real-time video footage of Pattaya posted to the Internet so potential visitors can see for themselves that the city is safe and unaffected.

Business leaders also lamented that U-Tapao Pattaya International Airport was unable to accept more international flights to steer people away from the besieged capital.

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