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Pattaya eyes becoming economic hub of EEC

Tanakorn Sangiam




PATTAYA (NNT) - Pattaya City aims to develop its bayside location into a new economic hub, changing the direction of its management to support the Eastern Economic Corridor, along with tourism, and investment.


The Mayor of Pattaya Sontaya Kunplome has revealed that the city administration has adjusted the city’s development goal to comply with the growth of the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), by reducing administrative obstacles and adapting development models from cities in foreign countries, to accommodate expected population growth of three million, three times more tourists, and 1.7 trillion baht in initial investment.


He said according to the Board of Investment of Thailand’s (BOI) report, there are currently about 800 billion baht’s worth of investment promotion requests in the EEC, covering three provinces of the eastern region, with 650 billion baht alone marked for investment in Chonburi province. Chonburi province and Pattaya city share 1 trillion baht GDP, the second highest in the country, and generate more than 200 billion baht in tourism revenue, making Pattaya city and Chonburi province attractive to investors.


The mayor said EEC investment and development will change the city’s economic structure, from the current 80% dependency on tourism, to support from a more varied group of business categories. Meanwhile, the city has commenced many infrastructure development projects to complement the expected changes, such as cooperation with the Department of Public Works and Town & Country Planning on flood prevention; the installation of a large-scale waste water treatment system with a capacity of 130,000 cubic meters; cooperation with the Ministry of a Digital Economy and Society on a 5G mobile network installation along Pattaya beach; the installation of an information technology system for city services; cooperation with the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) to position the city as a destination for international conferences and exhibitions covering infrastructure development, marketing, and human resources development, as well as cooperation with the Marine Department to expand Pattaya and Jomtien beaches to promote tourism.


TCEB’s Executive Director Jirut Itsarangkul Na Ayuthaya, said today that Pattaya City is recognised as a quality tourism city, and a hub of tourism activities in the EEC in the future.


He said the bureau will attract more international events to take place in Pattaya, such as the Air Show event coordinated by TCEB, which is now planned to take place at U-Tapao airport as the main venue, helping promote Thailand’s ambition to become the latest and largest aircraft maintenance and logistics hub in ASEAN.



-- © Copyright NNT 2019-10-12

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So all the previous ambitions have been put to one side to pursue this one. Maybe they will just keep the dubious acclaim they obtained without any effort whatsoever.... guesses on a postcard..... 

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2 hours ago, rooster59 said:

three times more tourists

I would ask them to rearrange 'Sky the in Pie' but I don't have 5 years to wait for a committee ! 

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7 hours ago, rooster59 said:

the installation of a large-scale waste water treatment system with a capacity of 130,000 cubic meters;

Maybe a bit small for a city the size of Pattaya ???? 

130000 cubic meters = 130000000 liters /200 = 650,000 poeple

also why one big plant  and not a few smaller ones  + get the one they already have on Soi "Wat Boon" working again.



Next up in our Education Blog series is Population Equivalent or PE. It is the term most used to describe the size of package sewage treatment plants.  It can be defined as; ‘The equivalent, in terms of a fixed population, of a varying or transient population (e.g. Restaurant or Airport) based upon a figure of 60 grams/BOD/hd/day and 200 litres/hd/day.

This means in practice that 1 person resident in a normal house is expected to produce 200 l of sewage flow containing 60 g of BOD per day.  In other words 200 l of flow containing 60 g of BOD is equivalent to 1 Population Equivalent or 1 PE.  So, therefore, a house with four people living in it would have a PE of 4 and would produce:
4 x 200 l = 800 l of flow & 4 x 60 g = 240 g of BOD.


Obviously there are lots of situations where sewage is treated at locations other than houses for example, schools, hotels, caravan parks and offices.

Figures from the Irish Environmental Protection Agency are available for all the above locations.  For example 1 guest in a hotel is expected to product 250 l of flow & 75 g of BOD.  So for a small hotel with up to 50 guests the design of a sewage treatment plant would be based on:

50 x 250 l = 12500 l of flow & 50 x 75 g= 3750 g of BOD.  The total daily figures then need to be converted to the equivalent PE figures by dividing the flow by 200 l (flow for 1 PE) and the BOD by 60 g (BOD for 1 PE)

12500 l / 200 l = 62.5 PE & 3750 g / 60 g = 62.5 PE.


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