Pattaya tourist-relation businesses were told to look toward Myanmar and Indonesia for growth as the region nears the start of the ASEAN Economic Community.
Tourism Authority of Thailand Pattaya Director Auttaphol Wannakij spoke to members of the Chonburi Attractions Club June 18, offering a seminar on AEC tourism marketing.
Tourism Authority of Thailand Pattaya Director Auttaphol Wannakij (left) and Chonburi Attractions Club president, Wasan Temsiripong (right) tell members to look toward Myanmar and Indonesia as potential growth markets for local tourism.
Auttaphol offered information on neighboring countries, including Indonesia and Vietnam, which have been showing more interest. He said the local TAT office has been working with the Ho Chi Minh City tourism office in Vietnam, as well as with Qatar in the Middle East, to organize trips to Pattaya for travel agents and journalists.
In addition, he said, TAT has talked with relevant operators and agencies to organize road shows to introduce tourism destinations to Burmese tourists. He said these efforts should highlight Pattaya and Chonburi destinations.
Along those lines, club president, Wasan Temsiripong suggested the group add Wattanathum Village, Thai Thani retro-cultural and artistic town, and Cartoon Network Amazone’s water park to its roster of members.