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19 August 2010 :: 15:08:18 pm 35731

Pattaya Business & Tourism Association Discuss Tax Relief

Tax relief and proactive tourism promotion schemes were the main topics on the agenda at the recent Pattaya Business & Tourism Association (PBTA) meeting on Wednesday.
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Pattaya, the 18th of August 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: Chaired by Pattaya City Mayor Itthiphol Khunpluem August’s Pattaya Business & Tourism Association met at the Green Park Hotel in North Pattaya to discuss further measures that could be implemented in order to aid struggling businesses in the region.

Mr. Khunpluem referenced varying internal and external influences that have negatively affected the Pattaya tourism industry over the last 3-4 years, starting with the Yellow Shirt airport seizures in Bangkok and culminating with the most recent political demonstrations and violence involving the Red Shirts.

These internal political tensions have combined with the various influenza scares, global recession and ongoing European debt crisis, significantly destabilising many industries nationwide, with Pattaya’s tourism industry being one of the hardest hit.

Various strategies to address the notably struggling industry and Pattaya businesses have already been put in place, such as a reduction in the levy on wastewater treatment and a proposal to exclude Pattaya businesses from land and property taxes in 2011. The proposal was submitted to the Prime Minister in July, however a response has yet to be obtained.

Responding to the situation, Pattaya administrators have already instated a 3-instalment payment system under Interior Ministry guidelines. The policy is attempting to assist local businesses in paying land and property taxes for 2010. In addition, a letter has been forwarded to the Interior Ministry requesting an extension on the instalment policy stretching repayments to six over a six-month period.

In other matters, the PBTA discussed the use of a Bt20 million tourism promotion budget granted for the organisation several beneficial events and festivals including, next years planned Royal Fireworks Festival (built on the success of 2010), several music concerts including the International Music Festival and the upcoming Chon-Buri Games.

Finally, the PBTA briefly discussed an impending bid by Pattaya to be the host of the World Expo in 2020. Largely, talks involved construction on the proposed venue for the event at the Thammasat University in Pattaya.

Reporter : Wirraphun   Photo : Wirraphun   Category : Business News

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