Pattaya Hub For ASEAN TourismPattaya is ready for the up and coming AEC which is to open its doors this year. Pattaya is hoped to be a tourism hub with all its attracts and ease of travelling.
Pattaya is hoped to be the main hub of tourism in the AEC. As a result of this Pattaya aims to develop further in order to be ready when the AEC is opened.
It’s expected that the number of tourists who will visit Pattaya will to around 10%. In addition, Pattaya officials have made local people and tourism operators aware that they need to act in accordance with government policy to promote the economy, trade and investment in ASEAN. Also the officials aimed to improve not only the potential of the Thai operators but also the surrounding industries. They also want people to adapt to King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s philosophy of “sufficiency economy” in order to make a sustainable system in Pattaya.
Once Mr.Itthipol Khumpluem-mayor of Pattaya- said that to lead and develop Pattaya city it needs a “sufficiency economy” . Also the officials expected that Pattaya will be a prototype of the sufficiency economy in case of any recession risks encountered by the AEC.
DASTA (Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration) aimed to promote tourism operators to operate their business and to care for the environment. Also they needed them to conserve water and to take care of the rubbish problems. Ko Lan island has already started taking control of waste water treatment, water, power saving and rubbish collections. They want to turn Ko Lan island into environmentally friendly island within 5 years.
On the one hand Pattaya continues to attract people for its night life so the officials have concentrated on making the city safe for tourists. They are also aiming to make the place more elderly friendly because the elderly people usually bring their family on holiday with them.
All in all, Pattaya is ready for AEC because it has been preparing for many years now and has been promoted by the Ministry of Culture as a City of Film. Mr.itthipol once commented that Pattaya is likely to be nominated by UNESCO because 90% of Pattaya’s revenue was earned from the 300 films that are made here each year. Also there is to be a film museum made with the collaboration of the ASEAN University in Chonburi and Kasetsart University.