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Pattaya tourism: Never fear the millionaires are coming!

A leading Pattaya hotelier has said that luxury end tourism is on the up and up in Pattaya. 

Rich people can’t get enough of Pattaya.

With the number of millionaires in the world increasing daily they will be flocking to Pattaya in the coming years, said Pornphan Rattanaphitaksakun, the manager at the Mason Hotel.

Villas there are being discounted to ‘only’ 9,600 baht until September. 

Pornphan told Siam Rath that in the period of 2016 to 2022 there would be an 8.1% rise in millionaires around the globe. 

It was not specified exactly what a millionaire was – but they were certainly rich.

The luxury end market for rich tourists is split into various segments – Pornphan said that 20% of it was the “special occasion” segment that she was concentrating on. 

The Mason website also features a pre-wedding package including a photo shoot for 28,000 baht a night. This includes a bottle of sparkling wine and a replenished mini-bar. It even includes a romantic dinner for two.

While a couple getaway package for three days and two nights is priced at 41,999 baht ++.

Pornphan said that “Transparency Market Research” indicated continued growth in the luxury end market over the next few years. 

Thaivisa notes that Pattaya, Phuket and Chiang Mai tourism have been rocked in recent week by stories of a far worse than expected low season. 

The optimism in the Siam Rath article regarding the high end market is unlikely to be much succor for most operators who are feeling the pinch. 

First they were told that the Indians were coming to rescue Thai tourism – now it appears to be the “millionaires”. 

Thai Visa /  Siam Rath

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