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    Pattaya Hoteliers Panic as Chinese Tourism Fizzles

    PATTAYA – Hoteliers in Pattaya are urging the government to step in and help following a 60% slump in Chinese tourist arrivals in the resort city in recent months.


    Suwat Phaepiromrat, president of the Pattaya Hotel Club, said that between July and October, many hotels suffered from a steep fall in revenue.


    This has hit the industry harder than in 2016 when authorities started clamping down on so-called “zero-dollar tour” operators, he added.


    These are cheap package deals that see tourists pressured into buying overpriced goods and services from selected outlets woven into their travel itineraries.


    The drop in Chinese tourists to Thailand was triggered by several events including the capsizing of the Phoenix off the coast of Phuket on July 5, which caused the death of 47 Chinese passengers. In September, a Chinese tourist was filmed quarrelling with a security guard who subsequently hit him at Don Mueang airport.


    The government then said it would waive fees for visas on arrival over the next two months for visitors from 21 countries, including China.


    However, Mr Suwat said that alone would not drag the industry out of its mini slump.


    “More measures must be devised to deal with the crisis as it is serious,” he said.


    He was speaking after a meeting of tourism operators associated with the Pattaya Business & Tourism Association on Thursday. Promotional policies to woo back tourists from China were among the issues discussed.


    The association said Chinese have lost confidence in Thailand’s ability to guarantee their safety.


    The acting chief of the Chon Buri Provincial Office of Tourism and Sports, Ampai Sakdanukuljit, said more than 14.6 million tourists visited Pattaya last year, generating revenue of 230 billion baht for the city.


    The city earned 180 billion baht in the first nine months of 2018 from 12.3 million tourists.

    Chinese dominate its tourism market followed by Russians, South Korea, Indians and travellers from the Middle East.


    Ms Ampai said urgent measures were needed to restore Chinese tourists’ confidence.


    The Tourism Authority of Thailand said its five offices in China are working to promote Thailand.

    https://www.bangkokpost.com/business...se-cause-slump

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    What "urgent measures" would they like? Government handouts?

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    More whores!!

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    so even the chinese, hardly the worlds most sophisticated people, have, in the space of three or four years, come to correctly realise that pattaya is nothing more than a reeking shithole that offers only poor service, poor value, and businesses operated by amoral owners exploiting a workforce made up of idle isaan bugmunchers.

    only gormless westerners, tightfisted bobbleheads, surly ragheads and psychotic russians are in possession of the required levels of ignorance and stupidity to patronise the dump.

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    You're in England.

    What do you know about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hick View Post
    More whores!!

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    You're in England.

    What do you know about it
    i'm a man of the world cyrille, well read, well travelled, well informed, and according to the ladies of pattaya, well hung.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post
    so even the chinese, hardly the worlds most sophisticated people, have, in the space of three or four years, come to correctly realise that pattaya is nothing more than a reeking shithole that offers only poor service, poor value, and businesses operated by amoral owners exploiting a workforce made up of idle isaan .
    I doubt that very much. They seem to enjoy sleazy hordes. Must be a localized economical thing.



    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post
    only gormless westerners are in possession of the required levels of ignorance and stupidity to patronise the dump.
    ...and according to the ladies of pattaya, well hung.
    errr Right

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    several events including the capsizing of the Phoenix off the coast of Phuket on July 5, which caused the death of 47 Chinese passengers. In September, a Chinese tourist was filmed quarrelling with a security guard who subsequently hit him at Don Mueang airport.


    The government then said it would waive fees for visas on arrival over the next two months for visitors from 21 countries, including China.
    Yes. An insignificant fee waived outweighs possible death from poor safety measures or physical abuse from thin-skinned uniformed men.

    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    Chinese dominate its tourism market followed by Russians, South Korea, Indians and travellers from the Middle East.
    Woohoo...I gotta get me to Pattaya. It's obviously the go-to place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post
    pattaya is nothing more than a reeking shithole that offers only poor service, poor value, and businesses operated by amoral owners exploiting a workforce made up of idle isaan bugmunchers.
    But you go there.
    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post
    according to the ladies of pattaya, well hung.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hick View Post
    More whores!!


    ...and more public executions of teflers!!

    Preferably from cranes using the bungee cord 5 bounce asphyxiation technique!

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    Pie shortage

    Obvious innit
    I used to have a job at a calendar factory.
    I got the sack because
    I took a couple of days off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post
    well hung.
    like a norwegian ?

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    No Chinese ? Who is going to shit on the streets ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post
    only gormless westerners, tightfisted bobbleheads, surly ragheads and psychotic russians are in possession of the required levels of ignorance and stupidity to patronise the dump.
    Hang on now. Don't some of TD's finest hang out (literally) there? No names required.

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    Quote Originally Posted by can123 View Post
    No Chinese ? Who is going to shit on the streets ?
    steak and laxative pies will solve that issue

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    Quote Originally Posted by baldrick View Post
    a norwegian ?
    Blue ?

    I used to have a job at a calendar factory.
    I got the sack because
    I took a couple of days off.

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    Wood


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    Quote Originally Posted by baldrick View Post
    like a norwegian ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post
    so even the chinese, hardly the worlds most sophisticated people, have, in the space of three or four years, come to correctly realise that pattaya is nothing more than a reeking shithole that offers only poor service, poor value, and businesses operated by amoral owners exploiting a workforce made up of idle isaan bugmunchers.

    only gormless westerners, tightfisted bobbleheads, surly ragheads and psychotic russians are in possession of the required levels of ignorance and stupidity to patronise the dump.
    briliant

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post
    pattaya is nothing more than a reeking shithole that offers only poor service, poor value, and businesses operated by amoral owners exploiting a workforce made up of idle isaan bugmunchers.
    Is that from the TAT website?

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    The acting chief of the Chon Buri Provincial Office of Tourism and Sports, Ampai Sakdanukuljit, said more than 14.6 million tourists visited Pattaya last year, generating revenue of 230 billion baht for the city.
    The city earned 180 billion baht in the first nine months of 2018 from 12.3 million tourists.
    Chinese dominate its tourism market followed by Russians, South Korea, Indians and travellers from the Middle East.

    Obviously a little too low class for the Nigerians.

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    No mention of farangs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    No mention of farangs?

    Schhhh..... don't mention the whore
    I used to have a job at a calendar factory.
    I got the sack because
    I took a couple of days off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pragmatic View Post
    Hang on now. Don't some of TD's finest hang out (literally) there? No names required.
    Its an idyllic paradise
    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post
    only gormless westerners, tightfisted bobbleheads, surly ragheads and psychotic russians are in possession of the required levels of ignorance and stupidity to patronise the dump
    Those who live in the Arse end of nowhere and Bradford glasshouses shouldn'r really throw stones

    Think I'll venture out to Koh Larn today, see if its true.

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