Hopes that two Pattaya districts will be able to reopen to fully vaccinated tourists from September are fading amidst growing numbers of Covid-19 cases and a slow vaccine rollout.
Main picture Pattaya credit Jech on Unsplash
Despite press reports over the weekend The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) yesterday confirmed that the 7+7 Phuket extension plan for Krabi and Phang Nga would go ahead as scheduled. However the Pattaya plan looks to be out of luck at the moment.
“We might not be able to open as scheduled if the province cannot build herd immunity by the deadline. Even if we did reopen, no tourists would visit us if there’s a widespread pandemic or poor tourist sentiment.
Some may say short-haul destinations like Pattaya will benefit from the domestic market once local tourists are allowed to travel. But people are not taking leisure trips for the time being as they have weaker purchasing power.
This is the most critical problem for our economy.”Thanet Supornsahasrungsi, acting president Chon Buri Tourism Council
There are no fears that October will be the earliest that Pattaya will be able to welcome foreign tourists, giving the city time to reduce the infection rate and ensure that sufficient numbers of local residents and sector workers have been inoculated.
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