Tourist hotspot Pattaya hosts kite festival


THE nation’s tourist hotspot Pattaya is hosting a kite festival on the beach for the first time to woo tourists and boost its pandemic-hit tourism sector.

The event, with the theme “Pattaya Kite on the Beach 2021”, was scheduled for April 9-19, with a kaleidoscope of kites lighting up the sky of the Pattaya beach.

The highlight of the event are a 35m-long whale kite and kites adorned with LED lights.

By hosting the kite festival, Pattaya hopes to attract travellers and offer relief to the pandemic-ravaged economy and people, said Pattaya’s deputy mayor Ronakit Aekasing.

The event also saw a surge in kite sales and kite-making workshops teaching children how to make kites at the beach.

The kite festival was part of the city’s celebration of the country’s most important annual festival, the Songkran festival.

The festival is usually celebrated with massive gatherings and water splashing activities.

But the festivities have been cancelled this year because of the latest Covid-19 outbreak.

Thailand, which is heavily reliant on the tourism industry, has gone without millions of international tourists for more than one year, leaving hotels and other tourism businesses struggling to stay afloat.

To help businesses counter the impact of the downturn, the Thai government unveiled a series of stimulus measures, including offering soft loans to small businesses and providing subsidies for domestic travels. — Xinhua

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 46
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights
   

Next In Aseanplus News

Thailand starts rollout of Covid-19 booster shots
Vietnam wants to become food innovation hub in the region, says President
Hong Kong property giants deny Beijing is ramping up pressure on industry to fix city’s housing woes, following reports of officials losing patience
Japan's Princess Mako to give up one-off payment in controversial marriage-media
Covid-19: 13,899 new cases recorded on Saturday (Sept 25)
Inquiry launched into role of British banks in Hong Kong in ‘suppression’ of rights
China and EU to hold talks on Tuesday as sanctions, Aukus and Lithuania throw up complications
Former chairman of luxury liquor firm Kweichow Moutai sentenced to life in prison for bribery
Beijing blasts ‘criminal record’ of US in Hong Kong with list detailing more than 100 examples of alleged interference
The everyday liquid that could fuel China’s race to green car targets

Stories You'll Enjoy


Vouchers