Public brainstorms tourism ideas at PBTA forum

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The Pattaya Business & Tourism Association opened its annual meeting to the public to brainstorm ideas on improving tourism and other local government operations and businesses.

President Sinchai Wattanasartsathorn welcomed Patchanee Taraseina, dean of the Graduate School of Public Administration, Burapha University, to the Oct. 22 session at the Grand Bella Hotel to speak on three topics: politics, governance and decentralization; finance and investment; and tourism.

Most people were only interested in tourism.

Surin Yimyai, president of the 5 Thunwa Community, called on the government to install bicycle lanes or create biking areas, as it also encourages exercise and good health.

PBTA President Sinchai Wattanasartsathorn addresses the gathered community leaders.PBTA President Sinchai Wattanasartsathorn addresses the gathered community leaders.

He also said that he believes he ought to be paid for working for his community, saying he’s never received a single baht for volunteering.

Banglamung District Chief Sakchai Taengho said one of the best ways to boost tourism would be to exempt Walking Street from legal closing times for entertainment venues, a call that has been made many times and ignored by central governments.

Wiwat Pattanasin, president of the Chonburi Industry Council, suggested Pattaya ought to be made more like Singapore, with its clean and hygienic environment, low crime, proper trash collection and convenient transportation.

Sinchai said all the comments will be collected and presented to the National Reform Council as it works over the next year to address the country’s problems.