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The current GDP estimate of tourism's contribution to Thailand's economy is 17%, so not sure where the gentleman who quotes 40% for the sex industry is sourcing his data. Of the 17%, non sex tourism would be the vast majority of it.

If sex tourism disappeared tomorrow, Pattaya would continue on with a blip on the graph showing a temporary decline before resuming it's rise in tourist numbers as the Chinese continue their unabated arrivals along with European and Russian families.

Thailand continues to be an extremely popular tourist destination worldwide regardless of political uncertainty, strong baht, tsunami's etc. 

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There will be some token clean ups in places  not contributing enough tea money. Then the prices charged will rise and nothing will have changed except the takings. Just accept the sec trade and that many of the tourists (including some of their older kids) walk the streets specifically to gasp at it. Amsterdam has the same kind of tourist but it doesn't damage anything there.

Just clamp down on the number of garish signs and designate specific areas. Even if you do that you will still see family tourists going to look.

 

As for people with young kids they will spend 90% of their days at the beach or hotel pool. I don't remember my kids ever wanting to walk around the town or visit markets

 

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2 hours ago, Somtamnication said:

LOL. More than 40% of the GDP and he wants to shut it down? Reminds me of a Supertramp song "dreamer, nothing but a dreamer"......

That figure seems just a little high. Maybe 4% would be more accurate.

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2 hours ago, Somtamnication said:

LOL. More than 40% of the GDP and he wants to shut it down? Reminds me of a Supertramp song "dreamer, nothing but a dreamer"......

Can you backup this 40% of GDP figure please. 

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43 minutes ago, Jeremy50 said:

So? Close it all down, how hard can it be? It's all a bit passé anyway. A 'playground' for uneducated ne'erdowells, and slobbering drunkards. 

The sex industry set up for Westerners is but a drop in the ocean here, compared to the "domestic" market set up Thais and SE Asians. I doubt more than 5%. It's just highly visible, ie Pattaya, Phuket, Nana, Cowboy etc.

 Every Thai knows where the high class Soapy massage establishments are in EVERY city here. Every market town will have 5-10-15 knocking shops which double up as karaoke bars, many run or owned by the cops.

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Being a keen boomboomater doesn't stop me of seeing the need for changing the image of the country. 

 

And I might be up for a prostate operation soon... :sick:

 

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If they managed to do that...and they can't due to the enforcers of the law being the biggest culprits...then any further development of the North east of Thailand would come to a standstill. Does the government truly believe these areas outside of Bangkok flourish on commerce, industry and farming? 

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Why not ....

 

Corruption - fixed

Road carnage - fixed

Economy - fixed

Fugitives brought to justice - fixed

Human trafficking - fixed

Happiness - fixed

 

 

 

 

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Just another indicator of his disregard for working class thais in general.

 

Like the street vendors, if prayut had his way he would simply wave his hand and destroy the income of a large number of people without offering up anynkind of solution.

 

Forget education and social programs that may give people other alternatives, just make the bad go away and damn the consequences.

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'Cause every father dreams of his daughter growing up to service old, fat, and bald men.
Maybe not the case. But way too many fathers (and the rest of the families including mothers and bone idle sons) are more than happy to sit on their asses at home bleeding their cherished daughters dry, placing ever increasing pressure on them to send more and more money home each month. I'm guessing they don't give a 5hit where the money comes from but I'm also guessing many are very happy it's from a pot bigger than what they'd have if their little darling worked in a 7.

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6 minutes ago, KiChakayan said:

Can you backup this 40% of GDP figure please. 

He cant, its an ansupportable figure especially given that all money is exchanged under the table and undeclared.

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I don't think Prayut should react (as he seems to be) to some dumb comment by some guy from Gambia. Gambia can only wish it had an economy as good as Thailand's.

 

Likewise, who gives a toss about what a bunch of hypocrites from the West think, with their attitudes shaped by their hypocritical western religions?

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1 hour ago, gunderhill said:

I  think you'll find the Thais pump  more into that hole  than any foreigners  would ever do

That would be an understatement, wouldn't be at all surprised if it was 95 /5% in favour of the pure and righteous Thai's, but then of course the guy raising the issue forgot to point out that no Thai could be involved in such a thing. 

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