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The Tourism Authority of Thailand says that Phuket has received a much-needed 300 million baht boost over the 4 day long weekend with around 54,000 tourists flocking to the island from last Thursday through to yesterday.

Phuket Office Director Nanthasiri Ronnasiri, reports that the average expenditure per visitor was about 5,500 baht, which was higher than the average spend for a Thai tourist to Phuket 2 years ago. She also noted that random checks on hotels showed that occupancy rates climbed to about 35%, with most guests staying 2 nights. But most of Phuket’s hotels remain closed.

Nanthasiri also says that many of the tourists concentrated themselves in the Phuket Old Town area, especially around Thalang Road, Phang Nga Road, and Dibuk Road in order to enjoy at the Sino-Portuguese shophouse architecture and historical locations. In fact much of Phuket Town, including its many markets and alley eateries, were doing roaring business, The Thaiger can vouch for the heavy traffic, on the roads and footpaths, over the past 4 days.

“This special holiday made Phuket tourism livelier, even though it was not as same as the situation before the Covid-19 pandemic.”

In fact, despite the welcome surge of visitors, it was still a long, long way from its previous tourist levels with much of the west coast, which has largely catered for the international tourist traffic, was still very quiet in places like Patong, Kata and Karon.

Phuket wasnt the only destination that has profited off of the long weekend as Chiang Mai saw droves of Thai tourists visiting its Royal Park Rajapruek as well as the northern city’s other nearby national parks and tourist areas. Visitors came from all over to see the blossoming of flowers in a beautiful display at the park as well as enjoying the air-purifying flowers as they relaxed. Tourists were able to rent a bicycle for 60 baht if they wanted to exercise while taking in the scenery and could also pay a visit to the orchid greenhouse, which hosts a variety of orchids in bloom. TripAdvisor recommends to set aside 2 hours to visit the park.

Next holiday weekend, on November 27 and 28, Pattaya is expected to get a tourism boost as its annual fireworks festivalis set to bring in travellers who have taken advantage of package deals offered by some beachside hotels. Such packages were offered for advance bookings, where holidaymakers could view the firework shows on the rooftops of their hotels. The firework displays are said to be long with breaks of entertainment-packed shows, featuring live music and student bands amongst others.

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    Mike Frenchie

    Monday, November 23, 2020 at 4:53 pm

    400 billion thb spent last year by foreign tourists in Phuket… Put that in perspective… These 200 million are nothing.

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      christine

      Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 3:57 pm

      if phukett is doing so good then i dont need to book a holiday there

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    TS

    Monday, November 23, 2020 at 5:27 pm

    I was way off. Last week i said the tat gov’s estimate of taking in 12.6 billion for the “Special Holiday” was a lowball estimate. What a joke.

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      Issan John

      Monday, November 23, 2020 at 9:37 pm

      I don’t know what you said last week, but I know what the TAT are reported as saying:

      “The Tourism Authority of Thailand is predicting 3 million Thais will travel during between November 19 – 22 with an expected 1.3 billion baht in revenue being generated for the industry.”

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    Roger Bruce

    Monday, November 23, 2020 at 5:49 pm

    My friend lives in Phuket she says 54,000 spending 5,500 Baht each is ridiculous and untrue TAT hope to bring more to tourism from fibs and lies she thinks

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      J West

      Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 1:34 pm

      Those 18,000 baht per night high season resorts might be rethinking the beach chair and buffet pricing to attract more day trippers. UK airlines meanwhile are adding extra flights to Mexico where there’s no quarantine and All-Inclusive hotels are being packaged for $50 a day one week sun/fun cheap excursions.

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    Toby Andrews

    Monday, November 23, 2020 at 6:02 pm

    They are overestimating how much was taken. How could they know?
    They just want to take credit for their efforts in attracting tourists, claiming a big success.
    I would not believe a Thai if they said, salt is salty.

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    Edward Gibson

    Monday, November 23, 2020 at 7:02 pm

    I would not believe 1 word what comes of there laying mouths they are the biggest lies walking on the face or this earth I would really like to know how do they know what people spends there is no way a thai would spend 5000 baht

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    Johnmc17

    Monday, November 23, 2020 at 9:34 pm

    Whose doing the math???

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    Geoff

    Monday, November 23, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    Foreign tourists bring money ino the country. Domestic tourist’s money is just circulating round and round. I’m no financial wizz, but I think,for the country as a whole, foreign tourism is the only option.

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      7.62mm of darwin

      Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 1:10 pm

      Nailed it there for sure

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Pattaya City mayor planning local rollout of Covid-19 vaccine

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The mayor of Pattaya city says officials hope to be able to buy 240,000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine for administration to local residents. Sonthaya Khunpluem is reviewing finances and plans to set aside approximately 80 million baht for vaccine procurement, subject to government approval.

“Currently, house registration of Pattaya City has reached a total population of 120,000 people, then we would need about 240,000 shots of the vaccine. If the price of the supplied vaccine was approximately 300 baht, Pattaya would need a budget of at least 72 million baht in order to cover all the residents in the city.”

The move comes following confirmation from the government that local authorities could purchase their own vaccines in order to speed up the process. A number of other local authorities have also said they intend to do the same. The government has stipulated that only vaccines approved by the Food and Drug Administration can be purchased.

Sonthaya hopes that by vaccinating Pattaya residents, tourism in the area could get a boost and the economic recovery could begin. The Pattaya News reports that officials from the Pattaya City Finance Office and other relevant agencies have met to review projects planned for the year ahead, to determine Pattaya’s spending power for buying vaccines.

It’s understood the vaccine would be offered to local residents for free, but what is not known is if that includes foreign residents. Officials have also not confirmed when the rollout is expected to begin, or which vaccine would be used.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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Pattaya hotels want official closure order to get unemployment benefits

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Pattaya hotels and tourism businesses want to close… just temporarily until the Covid-19 situation improves, but they say an official closure order needs to be issued by the Chon Buri governor so employees can claim unemployment benefits.

The hospitality and tourism industry in the 5 highest risk red zones (the coastal provinces Chonburi, Rayong, Chantaburi, Rayong, Samut Sakhon, and Trat) has been battered by strict restrictions.

Only essential travel is allowed in and out of the 5 provinces, taking a toll on hotels in the area with occupancy rates nearly at zero.

The governor in neighbouring Chantaburi recently ordered hotels in the province to temporarily close. Many representatives of Pattaya hotels suggest the Chon Buri governor issue a similar order which would allow employees to be eligible for unemployment benefits to help them during the Covid-19 crisis.

Pattaya City Mayor Sonthaya Khunpluem says he referred the proposal to the Provincial Communicable Disease Committee, which the Chon Buri governor chairs.

He adds that the proposal must be considered carefully because there are about 80,000 employees in the sector and the closure of all hotels will have widespread consequences.

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Chon Buri announces a list of 2 Covid-19 hotspots, visitors are urged to get a virus screening

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Chon Buri Provincial Health Office is urging people who visited 27 Covid-19 hot spots in the province between December 20 and 31 to get a test at their local districts. Those who have outstanding Covid-19 symptoms after visiting the listed venues are also asked to report to the district public health offices they live in.

Here’s the list…

  • James Boy Pub and Karaoke, Sri Racha district
  • Satang Pub, Sri Racha
  • Sense of the Sea bar, Bang Lamung
  • Spicy restaurant, Sri Racha
  • Flower Snack Japan shop, Sri Racha
  • Brewery 90 Sriracha, Sri Racha
  • Orange Bar Amata Nakorn, Muang Chonburi
  • Cool Club restaurant, Sri Racha
  • Halem Snack Japanese shop, Sri Racha
  • Bar Snack shop, Sri Racha
  • Midori Snack, Sri Racha
  • Pa Dang Beer Brewery, Sattahip
  • Mountain Bar and Bistro restaurant, Sattahip
  • Nuu Mai Deu restaurant, Sri Racha
  • Kiss Snack bar, Sri Racha
  • Hops Bar Pattaya, Bang Lamung
  • OPPAI Snack shop, Sri Racha
  • SANKYU39 Bar & Bistro, Sri Racha
  • 48 Bar, Sri Racha
  • Friend Zone club, Bang Saen
  • BUZZED BAR, Sri Racha
  • MEETING CLUB, Sriracha
  • Differ Club Pattaya, Bang Lamung
  • Lan Lom restaurant, Sri Racha
  • Snooker club near Brewery 90, Sri Racha
  • Plearn Bar 168 restaurant, Sattahip

UPDATE:The Thaiger received a message from one of the originally listed cafes in this story clarifying that their establishment was NOT infected with Covid-19. “I am the owner of De Florist Cafe, it is not reported to be infected with COVID 19, that is another cafe'”.

The Thaiger apologises if an error has been made in the reporting of this list.

Contact of public health offices in Chonburi’s districts.

  • Muang Chon Buri District Public Health Office at (038) 282148
  • Sriracha District Public Health Office at (038) 322503
  • Sattahip District Public Health Office at (038) 245330
  • Bang Lamung District Public Health Office at (038) 221925.

Currently, Chon Buri records 10 new cases, bringing total to 630 cases in the second wave of the outbreak.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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