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Hua Hin to Pattaya ferry suspended for low season from today

 

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Talk News Online reported that the Prajuab Khiri Khan harbormaster had issued a notice that the Hua Hin to Pattaya ferry will be suspended from today, September 20th until October 31st. 

 

There are too few passengers wanting to use the Royal Passenger Line in the low season. 

 

The service will begin again on November 1st for the high season. 

 

Source: Talk News

 
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Oh dear and there were TV members positively enthusing at the high passenger rates being carried.  Seems not the case and they want to introduce another one between Satthahip and Hua Hin !!   Seems likely that passenger numbers and tourist benefits were/are not the main drivers for the introduction and continuance of these services perhaps ?

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But we've recently been lead to believe by TAT and City Hall that tourist numbers are up in Pattaya. This revelation should get their low-season denier panties in a bunch.

 

2 hours ago, Esso49 said:

... Seems likely that passenger numbers and tourist benefits were/are not the main drivers for the introduction and continuance of these services perhaps ?

Maybe they've overlooked the simple demographics of this self-proclaimed new wave of year-round, better-quality tourists? It looks like most Indians and East Asians just aren't interested in a weekend on the sunrise side of the Gulf.

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There was talk of a car ferry service Sattahip to Hua Hin by the same company,maybe that would get more use ...though I would have thought Pattaya Bali Hai to Hua Hin

(Pattaya- Bangkok and other ports too) passengers/car ferry would be the more lucrative routes.

 

 

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TAT criticises move to suspend Pattaya-Hua Hin ferry service

By The Nation

 

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) on Thursday criticised the operator of the Pattaya-Hua Hin ferry service over the suspension of boat trips on the grounds that it is low season.
 

The Prachuap Khiri Khan Harbour Office announced on Thursday that the Royal Passenger Line would suspend the service from September 20 to October 31 and would resume the service on November 1.

 

However, Orasa Avudhkhom, director of the Prachuap Khiri Khan Office of TAT, said that the low season should not be a reason for suspending services. She said boat services should only be suspended if the sea was too rough or weather conditions were hazardous.

 

She said the suspension of services could affect tourism in Hua Hin.

 

The ferry route concessionaire should have used marketing campaigns during the low season to attract business, instead of suspending the services, she said.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30354873

 
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34 minutes ago, prakhonchai nick said:

I wonder when low season will really end.

About 3 years until China finds it safe to return. LOL

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4 hours ago, NanLaew said:

But we've recently been lead to believe by TAT and City Hall that tourist numbers are up in Pattaya. This revelation should get their low-season denier panties in a bunch.

 

Maybe they've overlooked the simple demographics of this self-proclaimed new wave of year-round, better-quality tourists? It looks like most Indians and East Asians just aren't interested in a weekend on the sunrise side of the Gulf.

This doesnt directly reflect tourist numbers but rather the service. The cost of this service is high if you travel as a group or family, the reliability medium and connectivity wise its not on. What percentage of tourist want to travel directly between the 2 cities? What percentage would rather travel through Bkk than direct? It is an ill conceived venture that at most can work during high season and when the weather is good. Very similar to Airasia's KL flights. 

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7 hours ago, Esso49 said:

Oh dear and there were TV members positively enthusing at the high passenger rates being carried.  Seems not the case and they want to introduce another one between Satthahip and Hua Hin !!   Seems likely that passenger numbers and tourist benefits were/are not the main drivers for the introduction and continuance of these services perhaps ?

Bad idea from the start. Too expensive, too slow, possibly dangerous. I covered enough of these hare-brained ad hoc ideas years ago. The doomed Jet Cat from Bangkok to Pattaya, the Yellow Wings flying boat from Bangkok to Pattaya. "How to start a business without really thinking."

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2 hours ago, prakhonchai nick said:

I wonder when low season will really end.

beginning of then end was far too expensive.

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Beginning of the end, if not the actual end, of the most recent effort to run a cross-Gulf service. As with previous attempts, and no doubt with future ones, no real hard feasibility study, just a suck-it-and-see Thainess approach.

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