MORE than half the workforce in Pattaya’s tourism sector has called it quits and returned home in the provinces due to the pandemic situation, a city official said.
Out of a total of about 500,000 people employed in tourism-related businesses throughout the world-famous beach resort in eastern Thailand, no less than 300,000 have already called it quits due to lack of foreign visitors since the last several months, said Teerasak Jatupong, chief of Pattaya City’s administrative office.
Most have gone back to their native provinces as the jobless and many more are expected to follow suit, given the fact that their incomes have steeply dropped, according to the city official.
Pattaya has considerably thrived on its tourism-related businesses including hotels, restaurants and bars, all of which used to hire as many as 500,000 people to provide services for foreign visitors.
To some extent, the Thais may replace foreign tourists by spending a long holiday in the resort city and helping stimulate the otherwise sluggish economy, Teerasak said. — Xinhua
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