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Pattaya high season hotel bookings well down on 2017 - but there could be a reason say THA

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12 hours ago, sanemax said:

Ant time a Foreigner visits another Country , its quite possible that immigration will ask him a few questions .

   Why do you feel that your friend should be allowed to travel the world without any I.O.s asking him any questions ?

An immigration officer asking a few questions is fairly routine. Being taken aside, and brought into an office to be grilled by two officers for 30 minutes is not routine. It is bizarre. I would have lost it and laid into those goons very hard. He was scared. Thailand is missing the mark and failing the test. 

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57 minutes ago, spidermike007 said:

An immigration officer asking a few questions is fairly routine. Being taken aside, and brought into an office to be grilled by two officers for 30 minutes is not routine. It is bizarre. I would have lost it and laid into those goons very hard. He was scared. Thailand is missing the mark and failing the test. 

If that scared him, he needs to man up a bit .

He needs to be more like you , and laid into those goons really hard

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5 hours ago, BestB said:

And this kind of post is the perfect example of what clueless looks and sounds like.

 

How exactly do you know how much person spends? How does Nielsens know how much person spends?

 

Do they visit bars to get itemized bills? or every market stall, retail shop,gogo bar, club, clinic, hotel, taxi driver,  etc etc etc.

 

How exactly they have arrived at exact number, especially in a country where a HUGE number of businesses not only not registered at all, but hardly anyone pays real taxes as hiding income is just too easy

 

These are based either on data provided by the some government agency or a sample survey of selected limited number of people.

 

But please carry on.......

If you don't understand the answer to those questions you shouldn't be in the hotel business in a foreign country!

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Too many posters in this thread more interested in being seen to be right and winning the argument than in fact, it's probably a pointless "debate"..."how would you know you don't live here" and " the data is national and not just Pattaya specific", how juvenile and banal.

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9 hours ago, Spidey said:

Which, per head ain't a lot. How much does the average American 2 week millionaire or Japanese businessman spend in Thailand? Never seen a Chinese tourist making it rain 100 baht notes in Sapphire.

 

I used to spend treble that when I came here on holiday. And that was just spending money.

I tend to agree, although that was only 1000 sterling back then. 

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Some off topic posts leading to bickering also replies removed, topic is about hotel bookings:

 

Pattaya high season hotel bookings well down on 2017 - but there could be a reason say THA

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On 11/28/2018 at 6:19 PM, Kaoboi Bebobp said:

Not one of my British friends is coming to Thailand this year. That's usually a crew of 5-8 men and women, most of whom come at least twice a year, for one to two months a visit. That's a lot of lost revenue. Yes, the exchange rate is a big reason. But there are lots of little things like poor service, more expensive lodgings and rising drink and food prices. 

allow me to add:
social media coverage related to law and order: stories on the net about inertness of authorities in case of rape; about the hit-and-run man that runs while hooligans get long prison terms; a string of unsolved or by some netizens deemed unsatisfactorily solved cases of people getting killed;
news and social media coverage related to safety, such as sinking boats; mentions of people being robbed; falls of balconies; and a number of fund-me requests of traffic victims.
Social Media seem to me a larger force in the drop of tourist traffic than the Rouble rate going up from 60 to 65 or the GBP falling in 2016.

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1 hour ago, KKr said:

hooligans get long prison terms

We have a winner. In fact most of the decrease in hotel bookings can be explained quite simply by the decrease in hooligan tourism. Remember the good old days when hooligans filled the hotels and bars and kept the riffraff, especially Asians, in order?

 

Yeah, the prison terms, the tightening of visa rules, bad guys out, Brexit, sissy malls and hotels, etc. Thailand needs to get the hooligans numbers UP. Long-term free visas, free overstays, discounted air fares, hotel rooms rolled back to B250, free beer, tattoos and head shaving, police turning a blind eye to bashing, drugs, theft, drunk driving, extortion etc.

 

How can Thailand neglect the big-spending hooligans in favor of cheap Chinese??? Thainess!

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4 hours ago, BigStar said:

We have a winner. In fact most of the decrease in hotel bookings can be explained quite simply by the decrease in hooligan tourism. Remember the good old days when hooligans filled the hotels and bars and kept the riffraff, especially Asians, in order?

 

Yeah, the prison terms, the tightening of visa rules, bad guys out, Brexit, sissy malls and hotels, etc. Thailand needs to get the hooligans numbers UP. Long-term free visas, free overstays, discounted air fares, hotel rooms rolled back to B250, free beer, tattoos and head shaving, police turning a blind eye to bashing, drugs, theft, drunk driving, extortion etc.

 

How can Thailand neglect the big-spending hooligans in favor of cheap Chinese??? Thainess!


with hooligans I was referring to drunk (overage) teenagers, not gangsters.
having taken those few words out of context, you make it look rather funny.
In context, imho, rather bad publicity.

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On ‎11‎/‎28‎/‎2018 at 5:50 PM, watcharacters said:

 

For your post to have any relevance, don't you think you should state the comparative currency?

 

Are we just suppost to guess?

Show your driver's license. then you get thai rates for entry.

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On 11/30/2018 at 9:43 AM, KKr said:

Not one of my British friends is coming to Thailand this year. That's usually a crew of 5-8 men and women, most of whom come at least twice a year, for one to two months a visit. That's a lot of lost revenue.

 

That'll show Thailand a thing or two.

 

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Show your driver's license. then you get thai rates for entry.
Doesn't work everywhere ,Floating market Pattaya for one.

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1 minute ago, johng said:
2 hours ago, ebean001 said:
Show your driver's license. then you get thai rates for entry.

Doesn't work everywhere ,Floating market Pattaya for one.

National Parks for two, Royal Palace for three, and so on.

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On 11/28/2018 at 5:46 AM, onera1961 said:

But they of ten charge more. And each hotel site is allocated a certain number of rooms to market and fill. 

They absolutely dont in the low end. You can get even 10% discount if you pay cash like guest houses.

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They absolutely dont in the low end. You can get even 10% discount if you pay cash like guest houses.
You must be kidding. Not a single guest house in the country will except credit cards , beads or shells. It's always always cash

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