The ever-changing target of Pattaya reopening has frustrated foreign tourists seeking vacations elsewhere, the local official of the Thai Hotels Association said.
THA Eastern Chapter President Phisut Sae-Khu said on September 22 that postponing the reopening of Pattaya to November 1, the current date announced, at such short notice has affected the confidence of travelers and tourists looking to visit instead. ‘other destinations.
Although nothing has been officially approved, a spokesperson for the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration said on Wednesday that it was agreed that any province wishing to reopen should first vaccinate 70% of its adult population.
That puts Chonburi out of the race, as the government’s failure over the summer to provide the province with enough vaccine doses left it behind. At the current rate, the 70% threshold will not be crossed until the end of October.
This means Pattaya will likely have another ‘high season’ without real foreign tourists. The only ones who will come after the reopening are returning Thais and foreign expats, Phisut said.
While foreign tourism is unlikely to pick up in October, domestic tourism will, fueled by the expansion of the government subsidized travel campaign.
Phisut suggested that the government lift the ban on group gatherings of more than 25 people to support the meeting, convention, incentive and exhibition industry. Booking MICE events could increase Pattaya’s hotel occupancy rate to 30-40%, he said.