The city council of coastal city Pattaya has planned five major events with the aim of boosting tourism, at least if foreign visitors – initially from 10 countries – are expected to enter Thailand without quarantine from November 1, 2021, we now know if that is all foreign visitors must be fully vaccinated against the Covid19 virus.
Pattaya Mayor Sonthaya Khunpluem told the local press yesterday that the country’s quarantine-free opening to fully vaccinated visitors would revitalize the tourism industry, especially in this tourist metropolis on the eastern Gulf of Thailand, which has been devastated since the outbreak of the corona crisis in a desperate state.
In a televised address last Monday, Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha announced in a speech to the nation that he would campaign to open the kingdom to fully vaccinated foreign tourists from at least 10 countries on Nov. 1. without quarantine regulations. However, the condition is that foreign visitors must take two Covid-19 tests (RT-PCR test) – one before departure and one after arriving in Thailand.
In response to the Prime Minister’s speech, Pattaya Mayor said he welcomed opening the country to foreign travellers. In particular, the abolition of the quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated visitors is a major driving force behind boosting tourism in Pattaya, Sonthaya believes. He stressed that the earlier requirements – seven or 14 days of quarantine and three separate RT-PCR tests – were too expensive and cumbersome for the foreign tourists.
He added that the city of Pattaya is fully prepared to reopen its borders to foreign tourists as it has heavily applied the vaccination campaign in Greater Pattaya in recent weeks. According to Sonthaya, more than 70 per cent of the resort’s residents — including Thais, ex-pats and migrant workers — have received their second vaccination, and on Koh Larn, even 100 per cent of islanders have received their third, or so-called, booster vaccination.
Sonthaya announced that more than 4,000 school children in the Banglamung community will be vaccinated by the end of October.
In addition to increasing vaccination rates, Pattaya’s city government is preparing for the return of tourists by planning five major events, the mayor said. He added that the festival should start in the first week of November this year.
According to Sonthaya, the five events are the Pattaya Music Festival, Loy Krathong, the Pattaya Fireworks Festival, Naklua Walking Street and the Pattaya Countdown.
Damrongkiat Pinitkarn, secretary of the local entertainment and tourism association, told the press that the Prime Minister’s announcement that the ban on serving alcoholic beverages in hospitality establishments is expected to be lifted on December 1 this year is good news. is for business people and employees in the troubled hospitality industry. The lifting of the alcohol ban in restaurants will help the industry bounce back after nearly two years of the pandemic, he said.
In addition, Damrongkiat welcomed the government’s plan to lift the shutdown order for entertainment companies, which is expected on December 1, a month after the kingdom opened to fully vaccinated foreign travellers from low-risk countries.
The one-month turnaround time would allow bar and nightclub operators following Damrongkiat to analyze the situation in detail to estimate which groups of visitors from America, Europe or Asia to expect when the country reopens to international tourism.
The month of preparation time allows the industry to adapt its range of services in a timely manner to the wishes and needs of the different groups of holidaymakers, explains Khun Damrongkiat. He stressed that Pattaya’s world-famous nightlife industry was ready to reopen the country.
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