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New COVID-19 wave further threatens Pattaya’s devastated tourism industry


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Sophon Cable TV painted a grim picture of how the latest wave of COVID-19 infections will impact the resort’s tourism industry. 

 

Acting head of the Chonburi tourism business association Thanet Supornsahatrangsi said that Pattaya moving from a yellow zone back to orange again was a worry.

 

Though there was no sign yet of cancellations of hotels at Songkran - he reported 60-70% expected occupancy - if the government does not act fast people may not travel.

 

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He called for the government to step up the speed of the vaccine rollout that he said was too slow so far.

 

A total of 70% of the population starting with medical personnel and people in the tourism industry, then moving onto locals and migrant workers, needs to be done as a matter of urgency, Sophon reported. 

 

The virus also needs to be stopped before it spreads to Pattaya, he said. test and trace measures must help to protect Pattaya. 

 

Thanet also had some clear observations about the state of foreign tourism in the resort - or rather the complete lack of it.

 

He said that very few foreign tourists have arrived; even though quarantine has been put down to a week tourists don't want to quarantine at all.

 

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They are preferring to go to Thailand's competitors where there is no quarantine. 

 

As regards the Chinese - the main tourism group for Pattaya by far - they are not leaving China at all.

 

It is time that the Thai government stepped on the gas and got travel bubbles with countries like Singapore and Taiwan up and running, said Thanet. 

 

He feared for the immediate future if decisive measures were not taken soon. 

 

 

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He said that very few foreign tourists have arrived; even though quarantine has been put down to a week

 

??

Seems kind of dumb since that quarantine change was just a week ago April 1. But I am sure thousands will be coming today since this is the 8th..

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The real problem in Pattaya are the many entertainment venues where pretty much no Covid regulations are followed because it is not easy or impossible in this kind of business. Normally it would be the first thing to close them. But this seems to be too expensive and not liked by some people. 

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9 hours ago, webfact said:

Though there was no sign yet of cancellations of hotels at Songkran - he reported 60-70% expected occupancy - if the government does not act fast people may not travel

That may well change in the next couple of days... 

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3 hours ago, RichardColeman said:

Nobody is leaving ANY country at the minute really in numbers. And if the Chinese are beholden to every hoop on the 'tourist' lists, they won't be coming back in numbers again either anytime soon even if Thailand does open up. 

 

Thailand's failure to thoroughly test is now about to destroy their tourism for 2021 and put the nail in the coffin of more businesses. 

Thailands failure to test is just one reason.

The Thai people themselves have to take a massive amount of blame for this current outbreak spreading so fast.

I mean not wearing masks , no social distancing and hand Sanitizing.

Even today I witnessed these things, and the population know this new variant is so much more potent.

Self inflicted wounds a lot of this ....no sympathy

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Tourism should just give up.  The writing is on the wall.  Two or three times a year from now until forever, especially right before big holidays, you'll hear from 'experts', "Wave number "n" is coming soon!  It will be worst than all the other waves.  Stay home. Hide under the bed. Make sure you have you Covid shots for all the Covid variants up-to-date."  Over and over like clock-work.

MIT published a paper in March 2020* saying there was no going back to normal - ever.  And what the governments and 'experts' are emphasizing is that 'normal' is gone and never will return.  New normal will worship at the alter of Covid and perpetual fear.

*Source: We’re Not Going Back To Normal, MIT Technology Review, March 17, 2020
 

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9 hours ago, jacko45k said:

Isn't going to happen......

Regret to say, already started (from another post today)

 

"includes shutting  down all pubs, bars, karaokes and massage parlours for 14 days in 41 provinces" -

 

Chonburi (Pattaya) is number 12 on the list. I presume alcohol can be purchased for home consumption?

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20 minutes ago, Burma Bill said:

Regret to say, already started (from another post today)

 

"includes shutting  down all pubs, bars, karaokes and massage parlours for 14 days in 41 provinces" -

 

Chonburi (Pattaya) is number 12 on the list. I presume alcohol can be purchased for home consumption?

My statement quoted the cancellation of Songkran, which I have not heard will be happening. There will still be the holidays next week.. and traffic jams for the next few days. 

I have found the news you refer to,  but I am not permitted to link to it here.  It did not mention massages , but  'bars, pubs, clubs and karaoke bars'. The way Thong Lor and other  Bangkok entertainment places were allowed to  operate amidst Covid numbers was, well, dumb. 

Thx 4 your input.

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