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Pattaya and the virus: Tourism down 60% compared to last year and no end in sight

 

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Picture: Sophon Cable TV

 

The doom and gloom around tourism in Pattaya after the outbreak of the coronavirus is now being keenly felt and matters are set to continue for the foreseeable future, said a leading industry figure. 

 

As restrictions on selling hotel and flight packages to tour groups bite and the dwindling numbers of Chinese already in Thailand head home, operators in Pattaya are having to scurry to find new tourists to replace their number one source of income, reported Sophon Cable TV. 

 

They quoted secretary of the entertainment and tourist industry Damrongkiat Pinitkarn as saying that Chinese New Year 2020 was 60% down on last year. 

 

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Picture: Sophon Cable TV

 

He spoke of a "great effect" from the coronavirus that has seen several large Chinese cities virtually sealed. 

 

Damrongkiat said that to make matters worse what people there are in Pattaya are avoiding places with poor ventilation like discos and pubs.

 

His message was that it was getting worse not better and it would be a long time before there was a recovery.

 

He said that operators need to seek out new markets like the Indians and Koreans to take up some of the slack. 

 

As far as preventative measures go in combating the spread of the virus he said that entertainment businesses in Pattaya had initiated staff training and more cleaning and gels and thermometers were on hand to increase confidence of customers. 

 

Source: Sophon Cable TV

 

 

 
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26 minutes ago, sucit said:

You mean people don't want to visit a place where residents are exchanging bodily fluids with multiple people each evening when there is a potential virus outbreak? Strange. 

Dear Reverend there are churches available in sin city for the afflicted !

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41 minutes ago, webfact said:

Pattaya had initiated staff training and more cleaning and gels and thermometers were on hand to increase confidence of customers. 

Can we expect new kinky shows coming?

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last night (Wednesday) Hua Hin was so busy we had to ride around on my scooter looking for a place to eat that was not full. 

soi 94 had so many white people we had to slow down and dodge them as they were blocking the street.

still many Chinese tourists here where i live four kilometers south of Hua Hin. 

 

people seem to wear masks during the day but not at night to go to restaurants.

 

 

 

 

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48 minutes ago, webfact said:

and thermometers were on hand to increase confidence of customers

You just know they've purchased rectal ones as they were cheap on Alibaba

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You get the feeling the bar tourists are getting to be a thing of the past

No doubt all will resolved with arrival of the 4000 American Navy guys next month will save the day

At least for their duration .?

 

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21 minutes ago, RichardColeman said:

You just know they've purchased rectal ones as they were cheap on Alibaba

I know. For all the good they'll do, you might as well stick them up your a%@*. 🙂

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