The mayor of Pattaya is insisting that his city of Pattaya will be ready to welcome foreign tourists from Oct. 1.
After meeting Thailand’s tourism authorities, the TAT and the tourism minister, Pipat Ratchakitprakan, Mayor Sontaya Kumplome said Pattaya was ready to take their place in the reopening of Phase 2 alongside four other areas.
However, in reports elsewhere in the Thai media — including comments from TAT chief Yutthasak Suphasorn — it appears that the mayor will not get his way when the CCSA decides the fate of Pattaya today.
Despite all the commotion, the mayor said his “Move On” plan would not become “Move On Later On.”
He insisted that October 1 be done along the lines of Phuket Sandbox paste which ensures uniformity in reopenings elsewhere in Thailand. He insisted that a major stumbling block, the 70% vaccination target of herd immunity, had been met.
A Thai newspaper subtly informed that Mayor Sontaya and the rest of the Kumplome family are used to getting their way.
But on this occasion, it appears that the CCSA – Thailand’s main Covid authority – will once again send the mayor into the coal shed for a month, despite his protests of readiness, when their small committee meets today (Wednesday).
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