Pattaya’s hospitality industry is not going to give up and propose their own tourism sandbox scheme called “Pattaya Move On” for the government to consider.
Chonburi Tourism Industry Council chairman Thanet Supornsahatrangsi told the assembled press that the entrepreneurs will present the project next week to Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn and National Security Council Secretary-General. Nattapol Nakpanit.
Pattaya Move On allows vaccinated foreigners to enter Chonburi, provided they spend the first three days in isolation at the hotel. Then they are allowed to travel to Bang Lamung and Sattahip districts and after 14 days even further within the province.
To start the project, 900,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccines are needed for the 450,000 residents of Bang Lamung and Sattahip districts.
Chonburi is one of 10 provinces that the government plans to open to tourists from October without mandatory quarantine. The other provinces are Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Phetchaburi, Phuket, Krabi, Surat Thani, Phang Nga and Buri Ram.
“We will encourage the government to start the project in August so that we can resolve any issues before we fully open the doors,” Thanet said.
He expects that between August and September 10,000 to 20,000 foreign tourists will visit Chonburi province.
“Numbers should increase in October when people from Europe come to Thailand to escape the winter,” he said.
He added that this project also aims to attract tourists from Singapore, Vietnam, Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Germany, Russia, United Kingdom, Scandinavia, Switzerland, Netherlands, Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Moldova, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Ukraine.
Eastern Spa and Wellness Association president Rattanopas said just 6.97 million people visited Chonburi last year, far less than the 18.6 million in 2019.
Thitipas Siranatsrikul, head of the Association of Chonburi Attractions, said about 15 tourist attractions are open, which would include Nong Nooch Tropical Garden, Ramayana Water Park, Cartoon Network Amazone, the Sanctuary of Truth and Tiffany’s Show Pattaya. be ready to participate in the project in due course.
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