The coastal city of Pattaya relentlessly pushes through the “Pattaya Move On” to reopen in September
Despite the high Covid19 infection rate in Chonburi, planning for the reopening program “Pattaya Move On” will continue. With the ongoing spread of the virus and the emergence of the highly transmissible Delta variant, which has infected more than 500,000 people in Thailand in recent months, Thailand’s tourism authorities are considering postponing the reopening of several tourist destinations.
Pattaya has been hit hard by the lack of international tourism. Many businesses are closed. Walking Street has been compared to the Walking Dead, the zombie apocalypse TV show and graphic novel series. Many bar girls in popular go-go bars are out of work and have tried to make money by making live-stream videos for “distressed customers” abroad.
With the need to bring foreign tourism back to Pattaya, Pattaya Business and Tourism Association president Boonanan Phattanasin says the “Pattaya Move On” project schedule will continue regardless of TAT’s tinkering about delaying the plans. . Officials have been eyeing September 1 as the reopening date. Local officials have also looked at using Koh Larn as a “sandbox model” for foreign tourists for their first week in Thailand.
“If the situation were to improve and there was no immediate support plan by the official reopening date, it could cause problems and the city’s opening would have to be postponed anyway. Therefore, we will continue to plan for a reopening of Pattaya to foreign and domestic tourists, with all business sectors up and running as soon as possible.”
Chonburi, which also includes Pattaya, is classified as a “dark red” province under maximum control due to its high infection rate. Yesterday, the province reported 864 cases of Covid-19. In the latest wave, first recorded on April 1, there are more than 20,000 confirmed Covid-19 infections in Chon Buri.
Tourism officials plan to reopen 10 provinces to foreign tourists by the end of October. Phuket reopened under the “Sandbox” model on July 1, and Surat Thani reopened its trio of islands, Koh Samui, Koh Pha Ngan and Koh Tao, on July 15 under the “Samui Plus” plan. The goal was to also reopen Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Phetchaburi, Chon Buri, Krabi, Phang Nga and Buriram by the end of October.
Last Saturday, TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn announced that plans to reopen all 10 tourist destinations by the end of October could prove difficult due to the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak and high infection rates in target tourist destinations such as Bangkok and Chonburi.
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