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Published on : Thursday, July 6, 2017
Tourism sector have been identified as a prominent driver of the transformation of Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) into the most important South-east Asian economic zone, infrastructure development is in progress to beef up sea, rail and air access to the Eastern Seaboard.
This would comprise development of new commercial seaport, increasing existing ports of Laem Chabang and Map Ta Phut at the same time expanding the Chuk Samet Pier.
To quote Yuthasak Supasorn, Tourism Authority of Thailand governor, “These developments will allow the EEC area to be more accessible to cruise liners and luxury yachts bringing high-quality tourists into the region and further boost regional transport links.”
Infrastructure of the rail transport will equally be developed such as through the addition of a high-speed, double-track railway line connecting the Don Mueang, Suvarnabhumi and U-Tapao Rayong-Pattaya international airports to make easy way for business and tourism in the region.
Besides, building more comprehensive rail routes that would link airports, ports, industrial and urban zones are in the pipeline.
In addition, the U-Tapao Rayong-Pattaya International Airport is being converted into a commercial airport with the expansion of a second runway and new passenger terminal.
Yuthasak commented, “Transportation and easy access for everyone can only boost tourism in the EEC area and will benefit local people and businesses. By prioritising tourism in the EEC, we are also helping local communities benefit with investment, jobs and income.”