hi saw this today,free hotel stays in thiland from01/05/09 till 31/10/09...Tourism operators in Pattaya are planning to offer free hotel rooms from May 1, 2009 to October 31, 2009 in order to attract local and international tourists during the low season. Apart from hotels, restaurants and shopping malls will also join the campaign, offering discounts up to 50 per cent. However, the final details are expected to be decided upon today. According to a report in http://www.bangkokpost.com
by Chadamas Chinmaneevong; Chatchawal Supachayanont, President, Eastern Chapter, Thai Hotels Association (THA) said, The city is facing difficult times because of the global economic recession and local political problems. With this campaign, we hope tourists and Meeting, Incentive, Convention and Exhibition (MICE) activities will be lured back to Pattaya and tourism sentiment will improve as well.
Chatchawal informed that Pattaya's hotels had about 20,000 rooms and that all operators will join the promotion. This is the first time we have had co-operation from all parties, aiming to restore Pattaya's tourism image. The average occupancy was not so bad at around 30-40 per cent after the Songkran Festival. But we are concerned about reservations from overseas, which are not coming yet, opined Chatchawal. Moreover, operators in Pattaya are hoping that while travelling abroad Abhisit Vejjajiva, Prime Minister, explains the problems faced in Thailand and how the government intends to solve them, in order to restore confidence among visitors.