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Pattaya gets a facelift

August 30, 2011

Pattaya has set an ambitious goal to turn the resort town into a world class “greenovative tourism city.”

Pattaya will be changed to a sustainable tourism destination.

The mission is based on a 10-year tourism master plan drafted by the Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration (Dasta).

According to Mayor Ittipol Khunplume, Pattaya will require an estimated budget of 15 billion baht for 132 projects to be implemented in the city and related districts from 2012-22.

The projects include improving public transportation services such as a offering shuttle bus service in town, building a road linking with the motorway, extending the rail link service from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Pattaya and building new ports in Pattaya and Koh Lan.

In addition, there will be plans to improve public utilities such as the water supply, waste water and waste management, a water drainage system to protect the city from floods, water recycling system and renewable energy.

The city also plans to invest in beach recovery projects, promote new tourism routes such as community tourism in Na Kluea and green tourism at Koh Lan and Koh Phai.

Last are projects to promote sustainable tourism such as educating locals about organic farming, allocating areas for biking, improving the environment in Koh Lan and other tourism destinations in Pattaya and nearby areas.

If the master plan succeeds, the number of foreign tourists to Pattaya would double from 5 million to 10 million while the number of Thai visitors would rise from 2 million to 4.2 million over the next decade. The city’s revenue from tourism is expected to rise from 68 billion baht to 300 billion baht in 2022.

The master plan would change the image of Pattaya from a rather sleazy nightlife paradise to a green and sustainable destination, said the mayor.

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