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Pattaya booming!: European tourist arrivals "up 10%" - 'FIT' tourists up 30%

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Pattaya booming!: European tourist arrivals "up 10%" - 'FIT' tourists up 30%

 

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 Image: Sophon Cable TV
 
Sophon Cable TV quoting a business and tourism chief painted a rosy picture of High Season in Pattaya yesterday.
 
On their Facebook page they quoted Ekasit Ngampichet as saying: "We can start to smile".
 
This was in contrast to Sophon's stories over the last few months that have been a stream of negativity about the resort.
 
Now everything is looking good, they said.
 
Ekasit accepted that the Chinese group tour market was still the biggest thing for Pattaya tourism.
 
But he mentioned that Europeans tourist arrivals were 10% up.
 
Though it was not clearly defined as 10% up on what.
 
But it was in the area of Free Independent Travelers (Tourists) where there was most optimism. 
 
These FIT tourists - that is to say people not on group tours of any kind - were 30% up.
 
Thailand covets these more than the group tour visitors as they can make more money from them once they are here. 
 
This late news about tourist arrivals was explained away by the fact that these days most people were not booking ahead - they were waiting until the last minute for the best deals.
 
Tourists are clearly appreciating that there is an oversupply of hotel rooms at the resort that other hotelier associations have cited as reasons for the prices remaining low and deals being in plentiful supply.
 
Source: Sophon Cable TV
 
 
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5 minutes ago, rooster59 said:
But he mentioned that Europeans tourist arrivals were 10% up.
 
Though it was not clearly defined as 10% up on what.
 
But it was in the area of Free Independent Travelers (Tourists) where there was most optimism. 
 
These FIT tourists - that is to say people not on group tours of any kind - were 30% up.

 

Wow!

 

By my calculation and reading, tourism in Pattaya is up several thousand percent in the last few years.

 

It must be soooo crowded that walking down the street is a struggle.

 

My sympathies, poor Pattaya-ites...

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10 minutes ago, Samui Bodoh said:

Wow!

 

By my calculation and reading, tourism in Pattaya is up several thousand percent in the last few years.

 

It must be soooo crowded that walking down the street is a struggle.

 

My sympathies, poor Pattaya-ites...

It is... try to drive in Pattaya now days or better yet, find a parking spot,

Pattaya is always busy around this time of the year, but this is not the

Pattaya of old, it's all about money now, and stupid edict like don't smoke

on beaches, tones of drugs and illicit sex and every other vice under the

sun is available not to mention variety of Mafia Thai and foreignness

operating there, never mind all that as long as the tourists are still coming.....

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I will believe it when those who live here say so, not the J boys or liars, the real guys who have nothing to loose by telling the truth.

 

The sad thing is its 17 days to the Christmas Holidays in Europe right now, so no one leaves early at this time of year, The Christmas rush has not started yet so the 10% up on European arrivals is a bloody lie sunshine.

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Tourists only have X amount of spending money. Still get the millionaire 2 week tourist as i saw in the barbers giving every girl 100 Baht tip. In reality peoole are spending less than previously due to XE and others have just saught cheaper drinking and eating places. Lets face it, Thailand is very expensive if you wish to enjoy fine dining etc. Still offers relatively cheap street food but families dont really want that. 

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2 hours ago, rooster59 said:

Though it was not clearly defined as 10% up on what.

Thank you for an actual critical assessment

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There were only 10 European tourists last month, so this month there are 11!! Woopdeedoo!!

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Now I know why Hua Hin is dead......They all went to Pattaya...

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21 minutes ago, wirat69 said:

There were only 10 European tourists last month, so this month there are 11!! Woopdeedoo!!

You may have hit the nail on the head there, 10% up on last month which is hardly surprising! Would expect more snow-birds actually!

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Is that the guy's office, or living room? In either case it surely looks like he is doing OK.

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There are already far too many tourists in Pattaya ! How many people can this once charming little fishing village accommodate before it turns into a total nightmare ? and without sewage treatment either :(

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I really believe this with all my heart.   And later, monkeys will fly out of my butt.  Party on, Garth!

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the tourism will come around if and when they stop manipulating the baht...lower the baht and they will come back

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Hopefully all new arrivals will be chain smoking drunken arse flashers so any lost revenue from lower spending can easily be recouped through the fine system..  

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A lovely Saturday morning here in Paradise, sitting drinking fresh coffee 18 kms out from Pattaya, we could all do with some of whatever this bloke has been smoking!!

 

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