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Evening catering in Pattaya begs for help, the drink restriction really needs to be lifted, otherwise the suffering is incalculable


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Nightlife venues in the coastal town have once again urged the government to relax Covid19-related measures so they can resume operations and sell alcoholic drinks at open-air venues ahead of the New Year’s festival in a bid to boost tourism.

Damrongkiat Phinitkarn, secretary of the city’s association of entertainment and tourism, said yesterday that since the country’s reopening on Nov. 1, the government has banned nightlife in Pattaya, one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations. ​to fully support the tourists cq. to serve guests.

Damrongkiat asked the government to speed up talks on possibly bringing the regulation forward so that these companies can attract more domestic and international tourists and not miss out on this lucrative season.

More than 80% of the population is now vaccinated and the number of infections and Covid-19 clusters has fallen significantly, he said, adding that tourist offices are ready to comply with all the rules.

Tourism operators have expressed concern as the sector is propped up by domestic visitors on weekends, while a long lull on weekdays that could force more small and medium-sized businesses to close.

Thanes Supornsahasrungsri, acting chairman of the Chonburi Tourism Council, said that since the country reopened, the reservation rate in Pattaya does not even make up half of the 120,000 rooms in small to large hotels.

The situation is making competition fierce, with attractive offers from four- to five-star hotels leaving medium-to-small hotels out in the cold, experts say.

Taking into account the continuation of the Covid-19 pandemic, many countries have prevented their citizens from traveling to Thailand. The conditions of entering the country can be challenging, as tourists must either be fully vaccinated or undergo various RT-PCR tests, adding additional costs to their journey.

Phisut Sae-Khu, chairman of the Eastern Thai Hotels Association (THA), said Pattaya has organized more events to attract tourists to the province, but most of the foreigners who arrive only visit their families or run a business in the province. . .

If things don’t improve in February, more than 10% of SMEs are likely to close, Phisut warned. Half of the Pattaya Attraction Club members are already bankrupt, he said.

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