Thursday, March 2, 2017
Goodbye "Sin City" hello "Sports City" – Tourism Minister announces Pattaya makeover citing Jetskis as major world attraction
This comes as it was announced that the minister is threatening to make a visit to the resort in March reported.
The minister – who last July said she intended to wipe out the sex trade in Thailand – has now accepted that “the service entertainment” industry exists in Pattaya but sports is the way forward. She said you only have to look at world class sporting events like the Jetski World Cup to see that.
The ministry needs to get the word out to foreigners interested in sports and they will come flocking, she said. Khun Kobkarn was speaking to in the wake of foreign media claims about Pattaya being nothing but a crime ridden knocking shop with 27,000 prostitutes.
“From my perspective,” she began, “Pattaya needs to have zones for the service and entertainment industry. This kind of trade exists in every city worldwide but it is restricted to certain areas and cannot be easily accessed”. In Thailand it is often by the side of main roads and plain for everyone to see, she commented. She intimated this needed to change by zoning.
“We at the ministry are working hard to raise the image and profile of Pattaya and Chonburi in general as a place for sport and sports tourism as we have already announced.
“There are many events in the province that are world class. We just need to get the word out and let the foreign tourists find out all about them. Then many will come”, she said. The tourism minister cited the Jetski World Cup Pattaya and the Bang Saen Triathlon as prime examples. “Such events need our promotion abroad to attract sports tourists and visitors”. The minister who was noticeable by her absence when officers from her ministry made an inspection visit to Walking Street last week told Thai Rath that she hoped to visit Pattaya herself sometime this month.
Commentary: If the Soi 6 bars park jetski’s in front of their bars when the tourism minister drives by in a couple of weeks they can tell her that they’re promoting the “World class water sports aspect of Pattaya” for Songkran in April.. Lol…
As for her desire to set aside entertainment zones off the main street. Well hell! What does she think Soi 6, 7, 8, 13/2 and Soi Buakhao are? As for Walking Street gogo bars. They might be hosed if the tourism minister has her way as she wants the entertainment area’s not to be easily accessible… Hmmmm…
Well, you could make a case that Walking Street is not easily accessible. That’s why it’s called Walking Street. It closed to traffic at night! Lol… But hey before they go touting world class water sports perhaps they should focus on cleaning up the sewage, bacteria levels and trash in the water off the beach?