Published on : Monday, November 13, 2017
Pattaya is all geared up to boost marine tourism with an aim to grow by more than 25% by the year 2020, as expressed by the executives of the resort’s yacht club with support from government megaprojects and private-sector investments. Napong
Paripontpochanapisuti, current deputy managing director for residential business at Ocean Property Co, the operator of Ocean Marina to Yacht Club Pattaya, explained that around 8 million tourists in the first half of 2017 had visited Pattaya, an account of 5% rise on the same time in 2016.
Their spending increased 15% year-on-year. Majority of the Asian arrivals came from countries like China, South Korea and India. Ocean Property stated that the number of tourists departing in terms of day trips from the company’s port to close islands increased by 23% in last year. According to a report on Asian travel trends by World Travel Monitor, it was identified that Asian tourists generally liked to travel within Asia. Sea and beach destinations remained their top priorities. The report also mentioned that young Asian travellers within the age bracket are keen for new experiences like boating.
Mr Napong explained that Ocean Marina Yacht Club Pattaya can hold up to 380 yachts. With the optimistic signs in terms to Pattaya’s marine tourism industry, he is pretty confident that marine tourism along with Thailand’s Eastern Seaboard will carry on to show strong growth.
“To cope with the growth, we are planning a further 100 million baht in investment next year, which will see the addition of 60 new berths and the replacement of some older berths,” Mr Napong said.