Pattaya has been chosen as one of five locations in Thailand to participate in the Interior Ministry’s Cultural and Safe Tourism project.
Acting Mayor Chanatpong Sriviset chaired a June 30 meeting to lay plans for how Pattaya would contribute to the program.
Five locations in four provinces are being featured by the ministry, with Bangsaen being the other Chonburi location. Other spots include Hua Hin, Krabi and Phuket.
The project also strictly urges organizations involved to promote safe tourism as it has been an ongoing problem for popular tourist destinations. Pattaya has a continual string of attacks on tourists while an elderly British family was brutally beaten by drunk thugs in Hua Hin over Songkran.
Guidelines for the program include clean and safe public restrooms; clear safety regulations for land and sea, including transport and nightlife areas; clean beaches and vendors selling a variety of items and not simply duplicating each other; and new budgets for public works, development and maintenance of tourist attractions.