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Pattaya has a key role to plan in Thailand Riviera project

Last Update: October 30th, 2018

Pattaya’s popularity as a seaside destination is at an all time high with more than 14 million visitors in 2017. Visitors are expected to increase as additional airlift and capacity at U-Tapao Rayong-Pattaya International Airport comes online, and the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) project starts to take shape.

Linking Pattaya, via the Hua Hin ferry, with the Thai Government’s “Thailand Riviera” project – which reaches from Petchaburi to Ranong and is to see 7 Billion Baht investment from central government – further strengthens Thailand’s East Coast as a prime tourism and business region.


A key driver in Thailand’s east coast development is the Government’s Eastern Economic Corridor project. With 45 Billion Baht investment pledged by the government the eastern seaboard is expected to see considerable growth in the coming years, on top of which inward investment from Japan and China in particular, is already being discussed.

As industry and businesses on the east coast grow, so will the resident population and with that, leisure needs. Already a popular tourist spot for international visitors and Bangkok Thais, the tourism economy along the east coast is expected to grow considerably including marine tourism.

From Pattaya you can access anywhere along the East Coast including Koh Chang and down to Cambodia. Pattaya opens up the whole region to sustainable marine tourism and is the hub for private yachts and charter yachts in the region.

“We are already seeing the benefits of east coast growth in the marine industry. Charter and day trips are up 20% year-on-year, the number of new boats sold into the region is up 10% year-on-year and international yachts visiting the area is also increasing on the back of government changes to immigration last year. At Ocean Marina Yacht Club we are catering to this increased demand by expanding our capacity 15% to 440 berths,” said Mr. Scott Finsten, Harbour Master of Ocean Marina Yacht Club, organisers of the Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show.

Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show
Thailand’s Biggest Outdoor Lifestyle Boat Show organized by and hosted at Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Pattaya. The event has established itself as the place to do business for the regional marine industry.
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