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Goodbye "Sin City" hello "Sports City" - Kobkarn announces Pattaya makeover citing Jetskis as major world attraction

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I can just see the "underground powers" that are running the sex industry in Pattaya snickering right now....Like they are going to cave in to her demands so quickly?

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She's no fool , but it has not yet dawned on her that flogging fridges and aircons is fundamentally different from, far more simple than, running a complex multi-faceted industry like tourism. She lurches from one lunatic idea to the next without drawing breath and quietly drops last week's plan A in favour of the next poorly conceived bit of nonsense. This scatter gun silliness can never replace some decent strategy development and a "warts and all" review of Thailand's performance and opportunities. She's getting poor advice.

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I can't remember when this was first actioned but it is years ago that Pattaya was to be changed into the sporting capital of ASEAN. Is this the same article reprinted?

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Ha ha. 

Well the announcement last year I think if closing down all the dodgy massage parlours on Soi 33 and Soi 26 in Bangkok came to nothing. In fact they are more blatant than ever particular on Soi 26 which isn't even a recognised so called entertainment area. 

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Here's my idea.

Invite young international artists of all kinds to have residence in Pattaya and surroundings.

Offer a special visa for the "international artists zone VISA" with full residence rights including a path to citizenship.

Build an opera house. Live theaters. Art galleries (not Teddy Bear "museums")

There is cheap rent here, nice weather, with a NEXUS of such people in 10 or 20 years Pattaya could become one of the major arts and culture destinations on the planet.

I have no illusion they would do such a thing but that is a way they REALLY could change the image of the place in the LONG TERM. 

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1 hour ago, johng said:

The ladies tennis and golf championships, jetski championship @ Jomtien beach,Pattaya (not very)  "international" Music festival,The fireworks competition,Pattaya Marathon are some that  maybe somewhere nearly approaching a world class standard (which world is open to question )

Aliens welcome.

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I wonder if this officials get a special bonus end of the year for the bigger the laughter and the more embarrassing ideas the bigger the money or a free 1.class trip around the world 

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5 minutes ago, Jingthing said:

Here's my idea.

Invite young international artists of all kinds of have residence in Pattaya.

Offer a special visa for the "international artists zone VISA" with full residence rights.

Build an opera house. Live theaters. Art galleries (not Teddy Bear "museums")

There is cheap rent here, nice weather, with a NEXUS of such people in 10 or 20 years Pattaya could become one of the major arts and culture destinations on the planet.

I have no illusion they would do such a thing but that is a way they REALLY could change the image of the place in the LONG TERM. 

Indeed. And structured gap year/study abroad could be part of that. Unfortunately it would take an awful lot of talking to get parents to agree to let "precious" spend 24 hours in Thailand unchaperoned, let alone 6 months or more.

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Thailand is hosting the Optimist world sailing championship in July, taking place at the Royal Varuna Yacht Club in Pattaya. 300 participants are from at least 57 countries! Optimists are generally the first boats children learn to sail in and many Olympic champions started in Optimist boats. I hope the Minister is aware of this event and supportive of it as it seems to be exactly what Thailand needs and Pattaya could do with to shake off some of it sleazy image.

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