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21 hours ago, madmen said:

The elephant in the room is thai people themselves with the overwhelming majority wanting to keep borders closed 

And rightly so. 

 

I am thankful to the Thai people.

 

At this stage letting COVID spread would negate all the efforts that have been made so far. But the government must be imaginative in finding better ways to help the people who have lost their livelihood. 

 

But sadly..

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I seriously doubt legit tourists would be prepared to do quarantine. Expats living/working here ...... maybe. People with properties/families ........ maybe. Criminals/illegal workers .

Very few tourists will be willing to jump over the onerous hoops this stunningly uncreative administration is putting forth. Perhaps a few thousand per year. Expats, yes. Tourists, no. Dumb and dumber

With the baht getting stronger every day why would anybody want to come here as a tourist and lose money and quarantine for fourteen days at their expense .

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What they could do is to allow bars to stay open till 2/3am as before. Many don't like to have to go home at midnight. Shortly the clocks "change" in the UK and football followers won't be able to watch any games which commence after 3pm UK time. 

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On 10/17/2020 at 11:29 AM, spidermike007 said:

 Very few tourists will be willing to jump over the onerous hoops this stunningly uncreative administration is putting forth. Perhaps a few thousand per year. Expats, yes. Tourists, no. Dumb and dumber. 

 

Any effective solution to the devastation of the tourism industry here, has to include a plan without the requirements of quarantine.

 

A simple plan. Require tourists to get a laboratory test in their home country, with negative results. Then, issue an antigen test here, upon arrival. A simple test, with results in 15 minutes. The new Abbott test system costs just $5 per test. Free testing upon arrival. You are negative. You have been subjected to two different tests, using two completely different systems. You are healthy. You are free to go, and please spend alot of money here, so you can help to revive our devastated economy, and put some people back to work. Thank you so much for coming!

yes simple..job done  

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On 10/17/2020 at 12:10 PM, Brunolem said:

Tourists or "tourists"? 

 

There is no such thing as a "long term tourist". 

 

The Chinese, who are real tourists, spend on average one week in Pattaya or somewhere else. 

 

The Russians need more time to launder the suitcases of cash brought with them. 

 

Some Europeans, after having secured their unemployment benefits, would rather spend the winter sitting on a bar stool, watching the cars passing by and enjoying their fresh exhaust fumes. 

 

Exactly the kind of characters Thailand would be better off without... 

Been a tourist for thirty years now......... Not long enough ?       "Exactly the kind of characters Thailand would be better off without"..    Listen to her........ Go home then....... 

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Apart from an absolute apocalyptic bureaucracy and the quarantine they now can offer day trips to visit the mob in Bangkok - Thailand as a tourist destination is getting more and more attractive; on a daily basis 😉 

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4 hours ago, Boomer6969 said:

And rightly so. 

 

I am thankful to the Thai people.

 

At this stage letting COVID spread would negate all the efforts that have been made so far. But the government must be imaginative in finding better ways to help the people who have lost their livelihood. 

 

But sadly..

They do. 

Here in the Dark Side of Pattaya aka Chonburi aka Eastern Economic Corridor they do. Are you aware how many jobs for people from Issan were established in Chonburi in the last years? With Pattaya Beach as the hub of entertainment, arts, and music? 

And Hua Hin, and Patong, and now the Southern Economic Corridor? 

And Chiang Mai? 

Everything in Thailand is improving for Thais. Of course there are backslashes, but Thais are optimistic. 

 

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7 hours ago, cracker1 said:

Wrong !

I would gladly do two weeks quarantine to get back to Thailand where I have spent the last 18 years.

Dear oh dear.....go back and reread the post CAREFULLY this time

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19 hours ago, GAZZPA said:

it is exactly what would happen in my view. People are staying local for holidays and weekend breaks, if they are going to travel long haul there are countless choices before Pattaya (unless of course you are a sex tourist who wants to spend their holiday with prostitutes).

Many Thai and foreigner business owners are simply blaming the boarder closures. 

 

Sure, some people will come to Thailand, but if they think as soon as the boarders open everything will go back to pre Covid, or even close, they are mistaken. 

 

There are many other factors to consider.   

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On 10/17/2020 at 11:54 AM, madmen said:

The elephant in the room is thai people themselves with the overwhelming majority wanting to keep borders closed 

 

To bad for tourism based busssines. Prayuth is no dummy he is fully aware of the political implications of a failed re opening 

 

So in the meantime we go round and round in circles albeit very entertaining ones 😁

Spot on.  The choices for the Pattaya powers that be are diametrically opposed.  It's either open up everything with no restrictions in a last attempt to keep Pattaya alive, or keep the people safe.  There is no other option.

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3 hours ago, phetchy said:

Spot on.  The choices for the Pattaya powers that be are diametrically opposed.  It's either open up everything with no restrictions in a last attempt to keep Pattaya alive, or keep the people safe.  There is no other option.

Soon see if the thai saying "Money No. 1" applies...as the river runs dry day by day

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