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Pattaya Daily News

19 December 2008 :: 11:12:51 am 24699

Pattaya count down 2009 pulls out all the stop to revive tourism

Apart from inviting the new PM, Abhisit Vejjajiva, to come to Thailand's most popular resort to help its flagging fortunes on 15 December, 2008, Pattaya's Mayor, Mr. Ittipol Khunpluem, is doing his utmost to reverse the effect of the adverse publicity of the Bangkok airports closure on the tourist industry in Fun City, aided by his brother, Vittaya Khunpluem, Mayor of Chonburi.
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Mayor Ittipol didn’t find much evidence of fun when he went walkabout in Pattaya’ most famous attraction, Walking Street, the other night, just mournful inhabitants bemoaning the very apparent lack of Pattaya’s main breadwinners, the international tourists. The beaches around the city, particularly Jomtien Beach, just down the road from PDN,was practically deserted with virtually the only evident tourists a few hundreds or so Russians, judging by their glowering looks and language. Normally, at the beginning of the High Season, the aforementioned beach is thronged with them and other nationalities. It will no doubt pick up at the weekend when the Bangkok regulars make their weekend trips, but they are not really the big spenders the city is reliant on.

Consequently, Mayors Ittipol and Vittaya are determined to make a stupendous impression on potential visitors worldwide by publicising the upcoming New Year celebrations in advance; an initiative, entitled “Pattaya Count Down 2009″ to be held on Bali Hai Pier from December 25-30, which they hope will draw 1 million visitors and somewhere in the range of Bt500 million in tourist revenue, both local and international, especially from neighbouring Asian countries. The event proper will be an unprecedented, marathon seven-day extravaganza, which will be telecast worldwide. The radical new-style New Year celebrations will continue annually in the same vein and will, it is hoped, reached a world-class standard.

The media, naturally, are to be the means by which the New Year Celebrations will reach a global audience via MCOT’s worldwide network link, including CNN, NHK and CBS. GMM Media will also be intimately involved, spending Bt22 million to organise the event, Bt8 million-Bt10 million of this coming from the Chonburi provincial budget. One of the highlights will be live concerts given by 13 bands. [Black Head ,Slot Machine ,Instinct,Budda Bless ,Playground,Pancake, Boy Piece Maker and all the Super Stars Artists]


The hotels in Fun City will also be working closely with the local administration, not least because their occupancy rates have plummet to an all-time low, 70% down on last year. The event will help remedy the situation as it fills the hotels with guests from Bangkok and Asia.


Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : PDN staff   Category : Tourism News

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