Only 20% of Pattaya-Chonburi tourist attractions ready to reopen

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Thitipat Siranattasrikul, president of Chonburi Attractions Association, said all the revenue from this year came before March.
Thitipat Siranattasrikul, president of Chonburi Attractions Association, said all the revenue from this year came before March.

With Thailand’s borders closed, hotels shuttered and provincial travel limited, it should come as no surprise that Chonburi tourist attractions saw business decline 80 percent this year.

Thitipat Siranattasrikul, president of Chonburi Attractions Association, said all the revenue from this year came before March.



Yet with Thailand’s economic easing now in its third stage, 80 percent of the province’s 53 tourist attractions still are not ready to restart she said. Many have closed or are on the brink of bankruptcy, much in need of government assistance.

Some venues, like Nong Nooch Tropical Garden, are open again and others, like zoos, are run by the government. But smaller private ventures have laid off employees and are behind on bills, she said.

Thai tourists evidently are not enough to sustain tourism here.
Thai tourists evidently are not enough to sustain tourism here.

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Foreign tourists are needed to stimulate the economy.
Foreign tourists are needed to stimulate the economy.

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It might be a while, if ever, for tourism to return to what it was in the past.
It might be a while, if ever, for tourism to return to what it was in the past.