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