Tourism group head rebukes members for weak support of Pattaya Grand Sale

Friday, 24 May 2013 From Issue Vol. XXI No. 21 By  Phasakorn Channgam

The president of the Pattaya Business and Tourism Association rebuked members for decreased support of the Pattaya Grand Sale, reminding them that the promotion is an annual event to spur low-season tourism, not simply a vehicle to boost revenues during tough times.

Speaking at the association’s May 8 meeting at the Green Park Resort, newly elected Sinchai Wattanasartsathorn noted that fewer hotels and retailers are cutting rates and offering discounts for the Grand Sale than in previous campaigns.

Sinchai Wattanasartsathorn, president of the PBTA is trying to encourage tourism business operators to lend better support to the Pattaya Grand Sale campaign.Sinchai Wattanasartsathorn, president of the PBTA is trying to encourage tourism business operators to lend better support to the Pattaya Grand Sale campaign.

“This may be a result of a stronger tourism industry in Pattaya but, nevertheless, members are urged to join in the Pattaya Grand Sale as it is an annual sale event, not just an activity to solve a crisis.”

The Pattaya Grand Sale was begun and expanded during years when Bangkok and other parts of the kingdom were roiled by violent anti-government protests. It also proved crucial to Pattaya’s tourism during 2011’s devastating flooding.

With the kingdom now peaceful and flood-free, tourism has rebounded, leaving many business owners unwilling to offer discounts and promotions.

“The development of Pattaya’s tourism economy cannot be done by the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s Pattaya office alone,” agreed TAT Pattaya Director Athapol Vannakit.

In addition to the Grand Sale, the TAT office is organizing “road shows” in Chiang Mai and Australia to attract tourists. “This is a good opportunity for PBTA members and I suggest the association organize a committee to draft a marketing plan to elicit cooperation from members to take advantage of these shows,” Athapol added.

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