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16 January 2010 :: 16:01:53 pm 7676

Pattaya’s Business Association Reviews Past & Plans Future

It was time for Pattaya’s Business & Tourism Association (PBTA) to review 2009, and then make plans for this year. At this first 2010 meeting Pattaya City Hall has also put forward their 13-point strategy for the future.
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Pattaya, the 15th of January 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: At North Pattaya’s Green Park Hotel, business people, the Royal Thai Police, officials from various government departments, plus a large contingent from the press, attended what was a very interesting meeting.

One of the early speakers was a director from the Bangkok-Pattaya International hospital, who stated that a vaccine for the recent H1.N1 influenza was available, but this may not prevent people getting other strains of influenza.

 

PDN interviewed the PBTA President Khun Jumroon, who stated, – “The last 2009 year has been particularly difficult, especially for tourist related industries. The early part of the year saw them affected by the world-wide recession, in as much as there were fewer tourists from some of the western countries, such as America & England. Luckily however, various government departments, together with the private tourism industry sector, had combined to go overseas with Tourism Thailand “Road Shows,” to India, Russia and the Middle East.” This has seen an increase in tourists from these three new market areas, so this was a very far sighted and timely decision by everyone concerned.

 

President Jumroon went on to say that political dissent last year, (notably after the failed ASEAN Conference), had seen a reduction in Asian tourists, especially from China. This year the Thai tourism industry intends to focus its promotional activities, not only on China, but also on other regional South East Asian countries, such as Korea and Japan. The Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in the Chonburi Province, Khun Nit Kongrut, spoke of the big potential of Pattaya’s tourist industry and the role that the TAT has in promoting tourism.

Our officials from City Hall were also on hand to present their ongoing plans for Pattaya City, and as these are very extensive, PDN will include this in a separate report. The next Pattaya’s Business & Tourism Association meeting will be around Wednesday 10th February, and as this will be a dinner meeting, the venue is yet to be announced.

Reporter : Harry Green   Photo : Harry Green   Category : Business News

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