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Pattaya and the virus: Boat operations obliterated with possible mass layoffs to follow

 

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Picture: Thai Rath

 

Influential media Thai Rath went to Pattaya to explore the effects of the coronavirus Covid-19 at the resort.

 

They concentrated their visit on the boat operators who cater exclusively to the Chinese market.

 

Chief of the large NPE company Natthapong Manasom said there was not a single tourist for the boat operators.

 

Agents in China originally called for a month of cancellations at the end of January but this has since been extended to a full three months.

 

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Picture: Thai Rath

 

Some staff have already been laid off though one month salaries were paid in full. Others have gone back to their home provinces to seek alternative employment.

 

In the second month salaries for staff remaining to do maintenance would be cut.

 

If the situation does not show improvement after three months Natthapong predicted mass layoffs in the industry.

 

Thai Rath published pictures of Pattaya with just some European looking people in attendance.

 

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Picture: Thai Rath

 

Source: Thai Rath

 

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Not to worry!

Wasn't it TAT who recently said that everything will return to normal in April.

Be an opportunist Natthapong Manasom. This is a great time to do lots of maintenance in order to run a safe, reliable operation when the hordes return in April.

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Sat on the beach 12 till 4 Monday and saw two boats in and out. Not even full. 

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So the underemployed are doing maintenance? Will this result in an increase in reliability on the boats?

In the event of the tourist hoards returning, will the operators of these vessels be more discerning in their employment of potential staff? Or will a strong back and a heartbeat be the main qualification?

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1 hour ago, JustAnotherHun said:

 

 

 

That's the relevant part of the story. Non chinese related business runs as usual.

For how long though? The Chinese tourist has been the bread AND the butter of Thailand's economy. Beyond the likelihood of Pattaya and other tourist destinations becoming ghost towns, the impact of this pandemic-in-the-making when it finally is officially declared as such is going to be devastating globally and not just  in this parochial foreign backwater we chose to live in.

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All those unnecessary boat trips canceled will make Pattaya a new green cultural center and help TAT get some fresh Nordic air breathers in town surely every cloud🤔

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if you put all your chinese eggs in the same boat

 

add some no licence to operate on top and an accident or two where insurances pay peanuts

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NOW is the time to check all qualifications  and update all Boat Captains, increase maintenance to ensure safety for Tourists and overhaul all boats so that they are ready when the toruists come bhack. 

 

BUT NO , staff layoffs, less maintenance too costly to improve services.. Typical Thai illogical thinking that is why I will NEVER get on a Thai run Boat . 

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