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Pattaya launches “Welcome Back to Pattaya” campaign to bring back tourists




PHOTO: “Welcome Back Pattaya” campaign launch

Pattaya City has launched the “Welcome Back Pattaya” campaign to lure tourists back to the city as Covid-19 situation continually improves. The campaign aims to attract domestic tourists and is expected to boost the local economy after many businesses in the province were ordered to close last month.

Pattaya has officially opened up to domestic tourism, Mayor Sonthaya Khunplume told the Pattaya News, adding that the city will abide by disease control precautions and measures.

“We welcome everyone to the new NEO Pattaya. We are ready to welcome domestic tourists. Many domestic tourists have already returned and visited Koh Larn.”

With Thailand’s vaccination plan expected to roll out this month, Deputy Minister of Public Health Sathit Pitutecha says officials should look into bringing foreign tourists back to Pattaya. He adds that strong health measures and precautions have been implemented in Chon Buri, Rayong and Chanthaburi, provinces that were previously classified as high risk areas under maximum control during the height of the recent wave of coronavirus infections.

Schools, entertainment venues, gyms, pools among others were allowed to reopen yesterday. Travel restrictions for people entering the province were also lifted.

SOURCE: Pattaya News


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    Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 6:17 pm

    I agree with the Mayor, Thai officials need to start bringing back foreign tourist ASAP. Of course they have to reopen the hotels first hahaha. Seriously it’s good they are trying to generate domestic tourism, but it’s just a drop in the bucket. Good luck anyway.

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    London Al

    Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 6:18 pm

    I don’t think domestic tourists alone are going to solve the financial problems in Pattaya or other tourist hotspots but it’s a start and I wish the campaign well.

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      Don jones

      Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 10:29 pm

      How about the 3000 single foreign men currently in ASQ and waiting for release into the wild.Hope they head for Pattaya tho

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    Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 6:34 pm

    Hmmmm……Really??? Let’s be realistic for just a moment….. In this pandemic world, what can any country really offer? What can any tourist destination really offer? Like it or not, now is not the time for tourism. In reality, if we want to get back to something like what we used to hope for (before this pandemic), there needs to be widespread vaccination. There needs to be widespread recognition of the fact you have been vaccinated. There needs to be a way to rapid test people. There is light on the horizon…… I feel for my friends in Thailand… Pattaya, Phuket, Koh Samui, Hua Hin….

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    Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 6:45 pm

    No vaccine, no tourists. The tourism industry is done in 2021. Go home, do papaya salad. Be realistic.

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      Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 7:29 pm


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        Don jones

        Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 10:30 pm

        Lets hope you release your caps lock

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        Don jones

        Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 10:32 pm

        Lets hope you release your caps lock soon

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          Jesus Monroe

          Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 11:27 am

          Lets hope you stop repeating yourself

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        Issan John

        Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 10:59 pm

        🙂 OH NO THEY DIDN’T!!! 🙂

        FWIW, that’s totally untrue.

        The closest anyone of any note came to that was the director of the World Food Programme who told the UN Security Council that the Covid-19 pandemic had “taken us to uncharted territory … Now, my goodness, this is a perfect storm. We are looking at widespread famines of biblical proportions.”

        Nothing to do with the WHO at all 🙂

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          Mr cynic

          Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 6:37 am

          At least he is trying to be proactive with realistic goals.
          If it saves a few livelihoods for a while that’s better than nothing.
          Good luck to him and i hope they have a bit of success with this.
          No reason people from bkk can not day trip have an enjoyable day out and put a few desperately needed baht into the local economy.
          Well done mr mayor.

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          Jesus Monroe

          Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 11:27 am

          My Apologies you are correct, wrong organisation

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            Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 2:15 am

            Not a big deal, it’s still a UN organization.

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          Toby Andrews

          Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 12:22 pm

          I John, despite my kind suggestions your posts are becoming less readable.
          I see more abbreviations, and now cliches!
          uncharted territory.
          perfect storm.
          biblical proportions!
          I suppose you will continue, and I will again be obliged to object, but I will cross that bridge when I get to it.

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            Issan John

            Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 2:30 am

            Ummm … it was a quote, Toby. Sorry if that’s beyond you.

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    Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 7:21 pm

    Creating false hope trying to keep the bar and restaurant to stay there and waste their last money on rent. Everything about tourism they should realize by now nobody comes to a dead town.. for what ?

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      Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 8:47 pm

      That is exactly what is going on, getting people to spend the last of their money and get more in debt to service people that are not coming back any time soon.

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    Bobby B

    Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 10:51 pm

    At least the guy printing banners and silly signs got som income from this. ?

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      Issan John

      Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 1:07 am

      So, probably, do the guys waddling round in the dolphin suits.

      They’re the ones who get my sympathy vote.

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    Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 12:11 am

    As long as the government kept worrying on quarantine, it will not open up for normal travel until the end of 2022.

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    Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 8:06 am

    A Welcome Back Pattaya event staged in Pattaya, for the people who are already there, to attract people who are outside of Pattaya. Brilliant!

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    Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 11:03 am

    I’m going to Cha Am this weekend as I read a few days ago that the Pattaya hotels were now shut.

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    Patrick Kelly

    Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 12:42 pm

    We have not lifted our draconian rules & regulations, but welcome back regardless. I am only entertained by these kinds of stories. One cannot take them too seriously . The vaccine rollout will be the next boondoggle that will be written about for months on end. Strategy & schemes are the buzzwords that I am most familiar with after reading these pages. That ought to tell you something!

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      Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 1:22 pm

      Realistically tourist visit Thailand for an “affordable” vacation and not willing to spend two weeks of their precious time locked=down in an overpriced quarantine hotel. Yes, they’re still a few willing to pay the price because of the availability of “vices”not found readily found at home. Bottom line is that there will be fewer Chinese, Indian, and western tourist for at least 2 or 3 years, particularly if Thailand continues to maintain its “preferred” tourist visa stance.

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