1.36 billion baht asked for Pattaya tourism development

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A five-year tourism-development plan being drafted for the Pattaya area calls for nearly 1.4 billion baht in projects to improve Koh Larn and Pattaya.

The Eastern Tourism Association met with various tourism-relation organizations June 16 to review a local three-year master plan that will become part of the National Development Institute of Administration’s five-year plan for the country.

The plan aims to contain mechanisms to determine policy and tourism management to be organized, to link national, regional, and local levels, and create unity and continuation of tourism management and development.

Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh chairs a meeting to discuss a five-year tourism-development plan being drafted to improve Koh Larn and Pattaya.Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh chairs a meeting to discuss a five-year tourism-development plan being drafted to improve Koh Larn and Pattaya.

The “Active Beach” portion of the plan, covering Chonburi, Rayong, Chanthaburi, and Trad, already has been finished and contains eight projects directly affecting Pattaya.

It calls for 180 million baht to improve the Tah Na Ban harbor on Koh Larn to be a general-purpose port; and 267.2 million baht for road improvements on Koh Larn.

Landscape improvement in Ban Nong Sak Ngaeo, home to a new “Chinese walking street” was earmarked for a 50-million-baht allocation to Huay Yai Municipality.

The Mabprachan Reservoir area also got attention, with a bicycle lane project tabbed for 113.3 million baht and landscape improvement for a rest area in front of Kao Phothong Temple getting 200 million baht.

The plan also calls for 283 million baht for landscape improvement of four kilometers of median on Sukhumvit Road in Jomtien Beach.

Elsewhere, 110 million baht was called for to widen Soi Siam Country Club and 270 million baht for beautification of Jomtien Beach, a project that already has begun.

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