Gloomy atmosphere among the hoteliers in Pattaya
Hoteliers in the coastal tourist town of Pattaya are concerned about the future of their industry and hope for mass vaccination as the only way to overcome the worst crisis in the country’s history.
According to Phisut Sae-Khu, who is the president of the eastern section of the Thai Hotels Association (THA), operators in Pattaya are hoping for a general reopening of the borders to foreign tourists in October, after the third wave of Covid-19 caused a new setback means for tourism. “We are concerned about the slow vaccination schedule for Pattaya,” said Phisut.
The government must procure enough vaccines through state and private companies to build herd immunity and maintain the sandbox plan to reopen tourism as planned as Songkran. long weekend when there would no longer be a high income from domestic tourism, so Phisut.
Udom Srimahachota, the vice president of the western THA branch, expects an occupancy rate of only one figure.