Hoteliers compiling information on available rooms, prices

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Regional tourism organizations continued work on a master database to track the number of hotel rooms available in the Pattaya area and how many tourists will use them.

The Designated Area for Sustainable Tourism Administration met Sept. 26 at the Aiyara Grand Hotel with the Thai Hotel Association Eastern Region, Pattaya Business & Tourism Association and Pattaya Tourism Office to further the project, which has seen countless numbers of meetings.

DASTA Deputy Director Damrong Saengkaweelert and executives from each group spoke on the progress in collecting data, as well as technical aspects related to programming and accessing the database.

DASTA Deputy Director Damrong Saengkaweelert discusses progress in collecting data for a master database to track the number of hotel rooms available in the Pattaya area and how many tourists will use them.DASTA Deputy Director Damrong Saengkaweelert discusses progress in collecting data for a master database to track the number of hotel rooms available in the Pattaya area and how many tourists will use them.

The database project was launched to catalog, in one place, a complete list of resorts, hotels, condominiums, guesthouses and hostels offering rooms for rent to short- and long-stay tourists. The database also collects information on details such as star ratings and features.

The goal is to use to allow accommodations providers to analyze the data to determine the optimal price to charge for particular types of rooms, as well as let developers know what type and how many rooms to build.

To date, 2,174 accommodations providers have registered to contribute to the database with 136,945 rooms available. New providers can register online at tis.DASTA.or.th.

DASTA officials also updated participants on its project to monitor traffic flow and tourism arrivals via 12 closed-circuit cameras it installed in the Pattaya area.

The cameras – located at the Dongtan Police Station, Walking Street, Central Pattaya, Naklua Soi 22, Third Road, Pattaya Floating Market, Bali Hai Pier, Koh Larn Pier, Koh Larn’s Tawaen Beach and other sites on Koh Larn – track tourist flows to popular areas and give hoteliers an idea of where in the region rooms are needed, DASTA said.