Pattaya to be rebranded a World sports destination
The Minister of Tourism and Sport, Ms. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul is confident in Pattaya’s potential to be developed into a ‘World Sports Destination’ due to its readiness in terms of training camps, accommodation and restaurants.
The Minister said she would raise the possibilities of the plan for discussion with all parties, from both government and private sectors. Speaking about the upcoming long New Year holidays, she said the ministry had made a calendar listing all countdown celebrations across the country in order to promote these events and encourage Thai people to travel within Thailand during the new year break.
Moreover, the ministry is seeking to build bicycle lanes in all provinces of Thailand in line with the government’s policy to promote eco-tourism and physical exercise. The bicycle lanes would be built with a budget from the Department of Physical Education; however, the best location for bicycle lanes will be discussed with local residents and provincial Chambers of Commerce before the construction starts.
The Minister reaffirmed her ministry’s readiness to hold the during 14-23 November 2014 in Phuket. There will be sportsmen and women from 42 countries attending the Games where they will compete for 169 gold medals in 26 types of sports in total. Thailand has set its goal to earn 55 golds.