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Pattaya Songkran: Hotel bookings well down as tourists stay away

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On 4/18/2019 at 9:28 AM, steven100 said:

ok, good luck  ..... don't forget to write !

I didn't - you just answered me.

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How are they going to get to Cartoon Network on the 19th as all the roads in Pattaya will be gridlocked.
Helicopters.

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On 4/17/2019 at 5:00 PM, Sealbash said:


Those “many of you” who dispute and doubt TOT numbers have not yet come up with any proof that TOT numbers are incorrect. Anecdotal evidence of beer bares and your favorite drinking spits having a low number of customers is not evidence of a decline in tourist numbers. There are many more families, non-sexpat tourists, etc. visiting Thailand. They will tend to frequent areas of the country that do not include beer bars et al. TOT takes their numbers from border arrival statistics. Until anyone can prove them wrong, they are the entity with the most reliable data.

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The numbers might not be down, but they only talk about arrivals. 

But the numbers are only kept high because of the influx of the short term holiday makers from China and India.

These 'quality' tourists aren't the biggest spenders either as what TOT might claim they are.
But the volume of these types of tourists offset the decline in western (sex)pats that usually stay far longer and tend to spend far more money as well. 

 

And this increase in numbers from China and India might have a economic benifit, but not an ecological one. 

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May I suggest an Emergency TAT sponsored Govt. scheme,  that give every tourist entering 40 THB for 1 US$ as an exchange rate. Then we will see the figures 🤪

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Now you will see quiet over the coming weeks. Chinese do not seem to vary too much numbers wise through the year, but you are now entering the low season for Western tourists.

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12 hours ago, Kim J said:

Now you will see quiet over the coming weeks. Chinese do not seem to vary too much numbers wise through the year, but you are now entering the low season for Western tourists.

Indeed and I would like to see an update on hotels occupancies. While songkran was crowded it looked like over 95% thais.

 

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Those days are over, to believe those stories on the media. These are just manipulation of facts which they try to dramatize them for the public.

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Everything started to go downhill after they widened Beach Road: "Let's turn the thriving 'world's biggest brothel' into a family friendly tourism resort." LOL!

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On 4/10/2019 at 1:19 AM, SammyT said:

I'm still astounded that tourists (other than those who want to get their end away) actually go to Pattaya - the beach sucks, the nightlife (if girlie bars aren't your thing) sucks and if you believe the media reports, it's full of violent taxi drivers. 

Everyone but the Thais seem to know this. And those Thais that do know this wonder why the tourist refuse to fulfill their obligations to come and donate money to the owners of the substandard facilities

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10 hours ago, chama said:

Everyone but the Thais seem to know this. And those Thais that do know this wonder why the tourist refuse to fulfill their obligations to come and donate money to the owners of the substandard facilities

There is no shortage of 'Thais' coming to Pattaya. Take a look at Sukhumvit and the end of Hwy 7 on any holiday to realize this. I was unfortunate enough to get stuck in this yesterday. 

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Yes Pattaya is very crowded with Thais. But in terms of local economies suppose the Thais are displacing  50% of western tourists. What % of those lost revenues are going to be made up by those Thais? And are there any updates on hotel occupancy. Just viewed from North end beach at the balconies of the Dusit-Thani hotel, maybe 4 or 5 of the 100+ rooms appear occupied. 

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The Chinese tourists are really of any use to those at the top who operate the busineses and venues that they go to ,as for the rest of the smaller traders ,they are as much use as a chocolate spoon ,but hey ,the little people in Thailand dont really matter do they?

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12 minutes ago, bert bloggs said:

The Chinese tourists are really of any use to those at the top who operate the busineses and venues that they go to ,as for the rest of the smaller traders ,they are as much use as a chocolate spoon ,but hey ,the little people in Thailand dont really matter do they?

Last time I was at the mall the Chinese were buying a lot of stuff from the little people who had shops and stands there.  Must be different little people than at your location. 

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2 hours ago, morrobay said:

Yes Pattaya is very crowded with Thais. But in terms of local economies suppose the Thais are displacing  50% of western tourists. What % of those lost revenues are going to be made up by those Thais? And are there any updates on hotel occupancy. Just viewed from North end beach at the balconies of the Dusit-Thani hotel, maybe 4 or 5 of the 100+ rooms appear occupied. 

Pattaya has always had many more Thais than tourists.  10 years experience. 

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On 4/23/2019 at 8:08 AM, hyku1147 said:

Everything started to go downhill after they widened Beach Road: "Let's turn the thriving 'world's biggest brothel' into a family friendly tourism resort." LOL!

The Brits all went home (currency crash).  What else were they going to do?

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