The government has made November 16-18 special public holidays in Bangkok, Nonthaburi and Samut Prakan. This confers a boon to nearby provinces such as Chonburi as Bangkok residents look for destinations to spend the holidays. In the city of Pattaya in Chonburi, hotel room reservations jumped 70%.
Sanphet Supphabawonsathien, adviser to the president of the eastern branch of the Thai Hotels Association, said Thais normally travel to Chonburi on weekends. On weekdays, visitors are mainly foreign tourists from India, South Korea and Vietnam. Although the number of tourists is still somewhat subdued, the income generated by visitors is a big help for the tourism industry affected by Covid in the East.
According to Sanphet, tourism figures are expected to increase by 60-70% during APEC Economic Leaders Week. He said hotels in Chonburi are fully prepared to welcome visitors. Although some establishments are still short of manpower, they are resorting to part-time workers to fill the gap. Preparations to welcome an increase in the number of visitors this week have been made in tourist destinations in Chonburi.
Mr Sanphet revealed that hotels on the island of Koh Larn, off Pattaya, are seeing an increase in bookings this week. Nong Nooch Tropical Garden in Pattaya also made preparations for the special holiday by adding decorations around the garden. (NNT)