Pattaya reopening likely delayed

Pattaya reopening likely delayed

Empty chairs are seen on a beach, which is usually full of tourists, amid fears of coronavirus disease in Pattaya on March 27, 2020. (Reuters photo)
Empty chairs are seen on a beach, which is usually full of tourists, amid fears of coronavirus disease in Pattaya on March 27, 2020. (Reuters photo)

Pattaya City seems unlikely to reopen to tourism on Sept 1 as planned with local businesses blaming the delay on red tape and a slow Covid-19 vaccine rollout.

Bun-anan Phatthanasin, president of Pattaya Business and Tourism Association (PBTA), on Saturday admitted the reopening is likely to be postponed.

A special committee will have to consider the reopening plan submitted by the PBTA, a process required before the plan can be sent to the Tourism Authority of Thailand and the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration's (CCSA) sub-committee for approval, he said.

Pattaya City, one of the 10 most popular tourist spots which the government aims to reopen first, is in Chon Buri, one of the areas worst hit by the current outbreak, he said.

A plan to get at least 70% of the people in Pattaya vaccinated against Covid-19 before the Sept 1 reopening also appears unlikely to be accomplished, he said.

Mr Bun-anan said he had no idea when the mass vaccination plan might be achieved.

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Vocabulary

  • accomplish: to achieve something - ทำได้สำเร็จ
  • approval: official permission - การอนุมัต
  • committee: a group of people who are chosen, usually by a larger group, to make decisions or to deal with a particular subject - คณะกรรมการ
  • mass: a large amount of something - ปริมาณมาก
  • outbreak: the sudden start of a disease - การระบาดของโรค
  • postpone: to delay; to decide that something will be done at a later time - เลื่อนออกไป
  • red tape: documents, rules or processes that cause delays - ระเบียบราชการที่ยุ่งยากและทำให้ล่าช้า
  • roll-out (noun): an occasion when a company introduces or starts to use a new product - การนำ(สินค้า ฯลฯ) ออกส่สายตาประชาชนเป็นครั้งแรก
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