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Pattaya to hold logistics forum to renew efforts of making it a technology hub



Pattaya is holding a logistics forum next week with renewed hopes of making the city a major technology and convention hub. The forum will be held on March 25 at the Amari hotel, which will also feature an online format for those who cannot attend. Strict Covid-19 measures will be in place such as temperature checks, mandatory mask wearing, social distancing and hand sanitiser.

The event is being held by the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau, in an attempt to bring more business travellers to the city. The push to make Pattaya a major tech hub was originally started before the Covid-19 pandemic, with renewed efforts starting again after Chon Buri province has seen no new cases of the virus in 2 weeks.

The idea of making Pattaya a tech hub is due to the amount of large buildings that could, ideally, hold large groups of people. The area also features factories, ports, and the famous walking street, which saw around 10 million tourists per year before Covid hit. More projects are also being planned for area including monorails, high – speed rail trains, and an additional port for cruise ships and yachts.

Pattaya bars and business owners are hoping to hear news today that would potentially see Chon Buri province being reduced to a “green” zone in terms of Covid-19 risks. The province is currently in a “yellow” zone which is under “strict” control, with the normal special administrative zoning halted, which has allowed bars and businesses to stay open past midnight.

But even if the province is downgraded, there is no guarantee the businesses would receive the green light to stay open past midnight. The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration is meeting today with the PM Prayut to decide risk factors for provinces nationwide, as well as to decide what activities and measures need to be in place for Thailand’s New Year of Songkran.

SOURCE: Pattaya News


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  1. jesus monroe

    Friday, March 19, 2021 at 1:56 pm

    My country wanted a tech hub too a few years back until they realised they needed tech savvy people that hadn’t gone too silicon valley. As the article states ‘the idea of making Pattaya a tech hub is due to the amount of large buildings that could, ideally, hold large groups of people’……Hilarious……The area also features factories, ports, and the famous walking street’. Famous not for the street but what it offered you dicks……

  2. Issan John

    Friday, March 19, 2021 at 4:09 pm

    Spot on, j m.

    Pattaya a “tech hub” because it has “large buildings”, ports and factories not too far away, and an abundance of sleaze and shopping malls … ?

  3. Yan

    Friday, March 19, 2021 at 7:29 pm

    Is this another “big joke”???…Let’s face reality: Thailand wanted to become a medical “Hub”…unfortunately is is not possible when asking prices 6 x higher than Western countries…( for farang) Thailand wants to become a “Hub” of many things. They are already…the “Hub” of most dangerous traffic and deadly accidents…the “Hub” of teenage pregnancies…the “Hub” of Corruption…etc…The so called “leaders” who want Thailand to become a worldwide “Hub” don’t even speak English…or German…or Francais…or Spanish…

  4. Graham White

    Friday, March 19, 2021 at 8:11 pm

    It’s an ugly hub of prostitution with an ugly beach and filthy sea. Nothing more and never will be.

  5. Fred glue

    Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 1:19 am

    Backing stabbing again IJ, your the sleaze. Thailand can never please you, why do you stay there.

  6. Christian K

    Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 2:57 pm

    With all respect to the culture and authorities, I think they should start first by cleaning and maintaining the city. Educating people and force them not to throw rest of food on the streets (feeding rats and street dogs with that) glass bottles, plastics and garbage in general everywhere also. To take care of the environment. To respect others, not to think they are the owners of the country and can do whatever they want. Push authorities to enforce the laws very strictly. Control street commerce, especially street food without any sanitary control leaving stinks odor around and even worse, leaving many restaurants that have invested big amounts of money, pay taxes and salaries, without the possibility of emerging and hiring labor to finally force them to close down. That those who make money from the beaches, at least take the trouble to keep them clean and free of garbage and plastic. Car and motorbikes drivers, respect the law, traffic lights and especially pedestrians when crossing the street. Many killers behind the wheel in this country and there is no control at all. That those who are in charge of monitoring the laws, do really their job, not only dedicate themselves to taking selfies and move the sight to the other side when something happens that should be sanctioned. Once authorities understand and accept this, they could think of something bigger. Posting respectfully of course.

  7. Issan John

    Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 7:23 pm

    “Backing stabbing again IJ, your the sleaze. Thailand can never please you, why do you stay there”

    Keep it up, Fred ???

  8. Polo

    Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 6:10 am

    Cobbler, stick to your trade!

  9. John Doe

    Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 7:25 pm

    Great idea. Then the scientists and technicians can relax after working hours in the spas and numerous bars. Get on with it…

  10. Jose

    Monday, March 22, 2021 at 1:38 am

    You should write this story on April 1st

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